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Megan Fann

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HERRIN -- Megan Renea Fann, 26, formerly of Hurst, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

Megan was born Oct. 30, 1985, in Carbondale to Jimmy D. and Shirley L. (Walker) Fann.

Megan attended Hurst-Bush Grade School, Herrin Grade School and Herrin High School. She played Hurst-Bush Little League softball and Herrin Jr. Ball League. She was an excellent athlete, expert music buff and "Sublime" was her favorite band.

Megan was never shy to speak her mind. This was a trait you would either dislike or admire. She was very brave. She cherished her many friends, but her mother stood by her side and was truly her "Best Friend."

Surviving are, her daughter, Alleynah Marie-Nowell Smith, who brought so much joy to her heart and was a bright star in her life; mother, Shirley L. Fann of Herrin; father and stepmother, Jimmy D. and Phyllis Fann of Royalton; two sisters, Tracy L. (Fann) May, and husband, Scott of Hurst, Amy C. Fann of Herrin; maternal grandmother, Katie Louise Walker of Hurst; three nieces, Victoria Lyell and Lainey Troutt of Herrin, Savannah May of Hurst and one nephew, Brody Troutt of Herrin.

She is also survived by uncles, Carl (Helen) Walker, Elbert (Rhonda) Walker, Kenny (Vicki) Walker, Bill (Lola) Parker, Homer(Betty) Parker, Victor (Kathy) Fann; aunts, Lois Jefferson, Pam Schmidt, Kathy (Mike) Chew, Lois (Bill) Gholson, Bessie Mann, Beverly (J.D.) McClure, Jackie (Jeff) Harvey, Priscilla (Terry) Jones and Connie Lawrence. She had hundreds of cousins, who loved and will miss her very much.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Troy Walker; paternal grandparents, Archie and Rachel Fann; and an uncle, Vernon Ray Fann.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with the Rev. Gary Billiot officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 8, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.

The family will always remember Megan and the times spent with the Fann family at Aunt Bev's Memorial Day Picnic's and the fall chili dinners spent with the Walker's on "The Hill" in Ava. Her family and the time shared and spent together was a "Journey of Love and To-getherness".

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2011