Meghan Diane's Story
Meghan Diane Thomas, age 35, a resident of Newburyport, Mass., unexpectedly passed away on Thursday morning, November 17, 2016.
Born in Boston on September 11, 1981, she was the daughter of Richard and Patricia (Wildes) Thomas, and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 2000.
From an early age, Meghan loved to play in the family flower and vegetable gardens at her home on Merrimac Street in Newburyport. She loved her dogs, Wrinkles, Whitney, Jake and Kelsie. She also loved to play with the neighborhood kids, where many friendships and early memories were made in the 1980s and 1990s through innocent adolescent fun in the winter, spring, summer and fall months. She loved the snow in the winter, but she also loved the long summer days and the warm summer nights. She loved birthdays. She loved Halloween. She also loved the holidays, which were spent with family, who loved her very much.
The most memorable Christmases were the years that she woke everyone up in the middle of the night to see if Santa had visited yet.
Like many kids, Meghan enjoyed the Pioneer League in Newburyport, where she excelled at softball. She was later a cheerleader for the youth football program.
Meghan also cherished the friendships that she found in those early years with a group of girls, which she has always held close to her heart.
She also enjoyed music having learned to play the piano. She would often sit at her grandfather’s piano and rehearse songs that she had recently learned.
She loved family summer vacations to Maine and upstate New York, which she shared with her parents and brother. She liked to ski in the winter and visit beaches and state parks in the warmer months.
In high school, Meghan developed an interest in art, and she was voted the captain of the cheerleading team her senior year.
Meghan always had a soft heart for people and animals. She never saw the bad in people. She only saw the good in people. She had aspired to become a social worker, however, she ended up working with preschool children.
Her son, Jason Santiago, meant everything to her. They shared many fond memories together, such as vacations, outdoor camping, zoos, playing in parks and sports. It was more than just a mother and son relationship. They were best friends. Meghan also has a young daughter, Alexis Thomas, who dearly misses her mother.
To her family, she was a kind and loving person, who in return, loved her family back. Meghan always found the importance of family, whether it was her love for her grandparents or her relationship with her aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her grandparents, Catherine and Albert Thomas of Lynn, Mass.; her grandparents, Gladys and Lewis Wildes of Scarborough, Maine; her aunt, Beverly Hodgkins of Falmouth, Maine; and her uncle, Bradford Hodgkins of Falmouth, Maine. Meghan is survived by her parents, Richard and Patricia Thomas of Newburyport; her brother, Justin Thomas of Newburyport; her two children, Alexis Thomas and Jason Santiago of Newburyport; her aunt, Susan Wildes of Salisbury, Mass; and her cousins, Troy Hodgkins of Falmouth, Maine, and Holly Hodgkins of Florida.
Family and friends may call on Monday, November 28, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking available behind the Funeral Home. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated graveside at Oakhill Cemetery in Newburyport on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions may be made to the ‘Jason and Alexis Educational Fund’ at the Provident Bank in Newburyport.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 25, 2016