Arundel Community Mourns Loss of 'Sweet Girl'

Megan McCormack passed away last week at the age of 19.

Every once in a while, Megan McCormack would ask her friends about heaven. What was it like? Should she be afraid of it?

The questions were purely hypothetical at the time. But friends and family reflected deeply on those conversations after learning of her death last week at age 19.

“It just seemed so untimely and very unfair,” close friend Molly Sinnott said. “But Megan and I used to talk about heaven a lot … I know that she knew she would be safe in heaven. I always told her to not be afraid of it. I’m glad we had the chance to talk about those things.”

By all accounts, Megan was a happy teen who enjoyed playing video games, going to the movies and laughing at TV shows, especially Family Guy.

She was an honor roll student at with a habit of buying a new purse every two months or so.

Perhaps most importantly, she never allowed her autism and bouts with epilepsy to keep her from finding happiness each day.

It was this time of year that Megan would enjoy taking long walks and watching birds, keeping an eye out for her favorite, the cardinal.

“She was a really sweet, gentle-natured girl,” her mother, Renee, said.

Renee McCormack found her daughter unresponsive in her bedroom last Tuesday after suffering from a seizure. She performed CPR on Megan and paramedics rushed her to the hospital, but she died early Wednesday.

Renee McCormack said some of Megan’s organs were donated and tissues will also be used for autism research.

Megan attended Arundel High School as a special education student, and was on track to complete the functional life skills program there by age 21. She thrived at the school, where she was surrounded by supportive peers and an active Best Buddies program that partners special needs and mainstream students together.

Megan also thrived as a member of the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Company, where she helped with the company’s bingo fundraisers.

Sinnott was Megan’s peer buddy last year, and the pair made many trips to local malls to go shopping or see a movie. Megan enjoyed some scary movies, but was especially fond of comedies, even the crude ones.

Last week, Megan curled up with her mother on her bed to watch a movie. The film of choice? Jackass.

“She just cracked up,” Renee McCormack said.

Teachers remembered Megan as caring and very honest.

“She just had way of simply speaking the truth, and some of that was unintentional, but she had a great sense of humor,” teacher Mary McGuire said.

Natalie Little was Megan’s peer buddy this year, and made many trips with Megan to the mall, most recently to see The Hunger Games. She said the pair had planned to attend the Arundel Players Theatre Company performance of Bye Bye Birdie last week.

“She was just so happy…we had a lot of fun together,” Little said.

Megan McCormack is survived by her parents, two sisters and a brother.


Renee McCormack is seeking help in paying for funeral arrangements. Donations can be placed in her account at Sandy Spring Bank, 8721 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton.

Donations can also be made through Arundel High School.


Arrangements for Megan McCormack:


Wednesday, May 9, 5-8 p.m.

Loudoun Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkins Ave., Baltimore.

Memorial Service:

Thursday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.

, 1800 Seton Dr., Crofton.

P Diacont May 08, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I taught Megan at AMS in 8th grade. She always wanted to do her best and would want to know why something happened or had to be done a certain way. Great kid. Mrs.Diacont
david young May 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Thank you for the story. My thoughts are with Megan's family and friends during this difficult time.
Denise May 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Sounds like Heaven has another angel. What a sweet girl.
Peg Waters May 08, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Megan was a member of the Piney Orchard swim team for a couple of years. She gave it her all and always cheered on her team mates! Such a sweet sweet girl. So sorry for your loss.
Debbi Webber May 08, 2012 at 01:21 AM
very sorry to read this.. sounds like this was an angel and sounds like she touched many people in the community. Wish i had known her too and so sorry for her loss. Debbi Webber
Paige May 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I used to always sit next to Megan on the bus ride home from school. I remember one time it was storming and she laid her head on my shoulder, she told me the thunder gave her a headache. I let her listen to my iPod with me to distract her from it. We were never close, but I always admired her for not letting anything holding her back from being happy. She didn't deserve to die so young. R.I.P :(
David Buttigieg May 08, 2012 at 10:29 AM
I never met Megan, she added me as a neighbor on a Facebook game she really enjoyed playing. We chatted many times and I really enjoyed her company as a Facebook friend. When her mother Renee told me what happened I was very upset, even though we never met. She will always be in my thoughts and I will pray for her everyday. She was the nicest friend I have ever met on Facebook. May god keep you under his wing for eternity and help your mum through this tragic loss. Bye bye my dear friend. Love.......David Buttigieg.
MAW May 08, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Such a sad story. My prayers go out to Megan's family and friends. It seems she touched so many people. Mike W.
Mary Sinnott May 08, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Megan was a beautiful young lady inside and out. Our family has many wonderful memories of Megan coming over to watch moves, painting fingernails, and just hanging out. Megan loved birds and was quite the expert on backyard birds! I loved hearing her stories about the birds in her own yard that she had named. She was so proud of her backyard pets. She was sweet, sensitive, and caring. She also had a great sense of humor. God bless her family during this difficult time. My daughters Molly and Sarah are heartbroken and will never forget you.
Karen May 08, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Thank you for this article, and for capturing the spirit of Megan. I met her through my niece and the wonderful 'Best Buddies' program at Arundel High School, and I know that she treasured her friendship. It means a lot to have a community forum to do that, and I appreciate that the Patch can help to make that happen. I am sure she will be greatly missed by her friends at Arundel High School and in her community. God bless and comfort her family and friends during this sad time.
radarradar May 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Always so sad to see a life taken so early.
Mike Calo May 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I, too, did not have the pleasure of knowing this young lady; such is my misfortune. I will keep her family in my prayers, asking that God will console them and wrap him in his loving arms. Megan, may God rest your soul until that time when you and your friends and family will be reunited.
David Breth May 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Sad news.  The positive side is her life gave hope and brought joy to others and even in her passing it seems her death is causing many to reflect on what life really is about. Her zeal for life may spark others to live their lives to their fullest potential all because Megan McCormack Showed us how.
Susan clasen May 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out you you and your family. Such a sad and hard thing to go thru. RIP Megan
Karen J May 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Megan was full of joy and loved the simple things in life. Megan and my daughter Shanice always had fun together hanging out, watching movies, playing games. Megan will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you Megan and Renee.
Tammy Estes May 10, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Our prayers go out to her family.
Ricardo May 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Megan was my bestfriend and I was her classmates and I. Knew her for 4half yrs and she want to jobsite. Cbi and she's one of the most amazing and beautiful bestfriend ever and Megan taught me friendship and to be strong and live life to the fulliest and be competitive and super hard working and plus she's was always a beauty angel in. My eyes and she's was a wounderful girl and she taught me strength and. Courage and belief and strong and funny momments and she always. Made everyone laugh and she's was the most sweetiest girl ever and forever and she always in my heart and forever my name is ricardo Thomas and Megan was the angel andd bestie sister and cousin to me
Ricardo May 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Megan was the potential of my life and her and she's was the +most happiest girl on earth with a beautiful smile everyday and we sure going miss having u around best buddies and cbi and jobsites
Ricardo May 10, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Megan more than a bestfriend she was a sister to everyone and I surely was a brother to her and she taught me how to make my songs and life and strength better than I can and she's was the ultimate sister to my life and to others. As well and I Love Megan mccormack with all my heart hugs and kisses to yu bestfriend and my sister
Ricardo May 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
She was the. Reasons I got better at things and she never give up she kept trying and that. Changed my life around and I always loved her smile and she's beautiful and amazing awesome


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