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Meghan Ann O'Brian-Pheley

"Meghan Ann O’Brien-Pheley

August 29, 1980 – November 15, 2019 

Meghan was an amazing athlete, excelling in basketball, softball and long distance cycling, and competed in a marathon, placing very high. Meghan earned a Nursing degree from Coconino Community College, and was an RN. Meghan loved the out of doors. She fly fished the rivers and streams of Montana and Alaska. She hunted, hiked the 6,000 ft. mountains usually alone near Flagstaff, AZ looking for shed antlers, and from childhood her earliest defining words were “Me do it,” and no matter what it was, she wanted to complete things on her own. Meghan was also an accomplished photographer and earned prestige in Nature photographs, and her photographs literally brought the outside world she loved to vivid reality. Meghan left us all too soon, but we will always carry her in a place deep within our hearts.

 Meghan is survived by her parents, Kemp Pheley and Maureen O’Brien-Pheley, Southern Oregon; three brothers; Justin Pheley, California; Joshua Pheley and his wife, Amy and their children, Connor and Caleb of Alaska; Kevin Pheley, Southern California; aunts Katy O’Brien, East Boston, MA; Christina Komadina, Washington, DC, and her uncle, Greg O’Brien, East Boston, MA.

 Private family services will be held in Oregon, and if you wish to make a donation, please do so in Meghan’s name to the charity of your choosing. "

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Meghan and I shared the same birthday August 29th, which kept us connected year after year, as we always made sure we wished each other a Happy Birthday - I will miss our chats so much! We both shared a love of nature and wildlife, I admired Megs photography skills and would always look forward to seeing her photos, I wish I had saved some of those beauties-I guess I will have to rely on my memory. I will miss you dearly my birthday buddy! Until we meet again.....Love Vickie

Vickie Sullivan Nov 29 2019 12:00 AM

Meghan: Beautiful, courageous and bold.
Loving. Smart and creative.
Witty, spontaneously funny.
I will think of you every day.
I will never forget your laugh.
The wilderness was your cathedral.
We will meet your spirit each time we encounter the untamed natural world you loved.
Fly beautiful spirit.
You are loved.

Christina Pheley Nov 28 2019 12:00 AM

Meg: We went to the zoo and an anteater tickled your hand and chin with her long tongue. You squealed and then we laughed and laughed about it the rest of the day. You were courageous and funny, even at 4 or 5. For years every time I saw you, you asked me "Mikie, do you remember the anteater and the zoo?"
Yes, Meggie, I do. I will always remember the anteater and our day at the zoo.
Auntie M.

Christina Pheley Nov 28 2019 12:00 AM

Meg, I will always remember us playing basketball and laughing the whole time. You will be missed but never forgotten! Love Greg

Greg obrien Nov 25 2019 12:00 AM