Melinda Fagan

Melinda FaganMelinda D. (Melton) Fagan, 74, of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., died July 14, 2018, at her home.

She was born Dec. 13, 1943, in Mexico, Mo., a daughter of Lowell and Hazel Brown Shepard Melton. She married Kenneth Jr. Fagan on Aug. 1, 1964, in Hull. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Kennan D. (and Lisa) Fagan of Troy and Kevin D. (and Angela) Fagan of Mount Sterling; one daughter, Kimberly S. (and Jody) Bogue of Hannibal, Mo.; one sister, Nancy (and Walt) Koertge of Olney; and seven grandchildren.

She taught science for 30 years in public education in Illinois and nine additional years in Missouri and Kansas. During her time teaching at Barry High School, she also taught courses for John Wood Community College and, while teaching in Missouri, also taught at Moberly Area College. She loved teaching science, working with students in class and sponsoring their science fair projects. She was a frequent presenter at teaching conferences, recipient of numerous awards in science education and was proud to be recognized as a student sponsor with regional, state and international science fair award winners. She earned her Undergraduate Degree in Biology at Quincy University as well as Graduate degrees in Biology at Truman State University and Chemistry Education from Quincy University. After retiring, she continued her passion for teaching, voluntarily coordinating a jewelry making class in St. Charles, Mo.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. A family visitation will start at 3 p.m. and funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria on Saturday with Pastor Aaron Foster officiating.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Virtual Care Center in care of Mercy Health Foundation or to the Jewelry Crafters Connection in care of Ann Womack.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/18/2018


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