by Rev. Dede Britt,
Pastor of Hampstead United Methodist Church
offered at the Topsail High School JV Football Game
on November 4, 2010:

"Holy and Loving God:

"Over the course of the next few days, the family & friends of Meaghan, the community of Hampstead, and even complete strangers, will join
together to celebrate the life -- and to embrace the legacy -- of a beautiful young lady whose time here with us was all too short.
We give thanks, O Lord, that you will be in the midst of that celebration and remembrance.
We give thanks that You are a God who knows our pain, who shares in our loss, who grieves along side of us... and yet who assures us that even in
death we are certain to find the beautiful music of life.
It is the lingering melody of Meaghan’s life -- in perfect harmony with your love, mercy and grace --
that allows us to find hope in Your promise that Joy, indeed, comes in the morning.
Joy comes when we realize that a part of Meaghan lives on in everyone who knew her.
Joy comes when a smile or laugh is remembered... when a memory flashes across the landscape of our minds or hearts.
Joy comes when athletic shoes are laced up and feet hit the ground, as scholarship funds are raised so that Meaghan’s love of learning and
exploring music may continue through others.
Joy comes when old friends gather, instruments are tuned, and the resounding notes of life rises above all else.  
Move your arms to embrace us God as we near the anniversary of her death.  Embrace especially Meaghan’s parents, Tom and Linell, and her
brothers, Will and Tom.
Gather us all in with a holy love, and show to us a peace beyond our own understanding.
Remind us that you are never far away.
We ask that you bless the events of this night and this weekend, and bless all of those who participate in them.  Let Meaghan’s memory and
your grace meet them, and move them, in such a way that they, like Meaghan, become one of your great witnesses.
This we ask in the name of the One who conquered death, that we may have life eternal.

Meaghan Elizabeth Ann Clark of Hampstead, NC, was born May 11, 1993 in
Carmel, NY, the daughter of Thomas Clark and Linell Runge Clark, formerly of
Mohegan Lake, NY. She passed away November 6, 2009 at the age of 16 years.
Meaghan was a remarkable young woman with a strong faith in God who
exhibited a zest for life. Her happy personality and passion for music touched
all who came to know her.          
She was a junior at Topsail High School where she was a Marching Pirate in the
marching band. She was an active member of the Winter Drum Line and the
THS Color Guard. She was also a member of the Symphonic Band.
In addition to her musical talent, Meaghan was academically gifted
and was a Honor Student who had been invited to apply and interview
for the NC Governor's School. Meaghan planned to attend NC State and wanted
to enroll in their veterinary school.
In addition to her parents, who reside in Hampstead, Meaghan is survived by
two brothers, William and Thomas; a grandmother, Susan Morris; loving aunts,
uncles, cousins, her dog "Pepper," and her kitty "Snickers."
Meaghan was a loving daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend.
            Family friends, and neighbors gathered with the greater Hampstead  
           for a Memorial Service featuring musical performances by Meaghan's
           class and band mates held on November 10, 2009, at Topsail High
           School auditorium.
           In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made in support
           of the establishment of a scholarship in Meaghan's name. In the spring
           of 2010, the first Meaghan Clark Memorial Scholarships were awarded.
Meaghan Elizabeth Ann Clark
May 11, 1993 - November 6, 2009
The Meaghan Clark
Memorial Scholarship Fund
Perpetuating Music at Topsail High School and the Educational Dreams of THS Music Students
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be"


Sometimes it's hard to understand
Why some things have to be;
But in His wisdom, God had planned
Beyond our power to see.
So looking back in tenderness
Along the paths we've trod
We cherish the years we had with you
And leave the rest to God
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