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Megan was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church Newton and an avid participant in a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Donations will go to support the community that supported her at Grace and to provide inclusive opportunities for people like Megan to enjoy the outdoors.

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Glenn Gabbard

Megan Rasbold-Gabbard

April 06, 1983 - May 13, 2020

This site is one of many celebrations of Megan's life. Our collective memories of her now live alongside your recollections, images, and stories. We welcome you to use this space to share your memories of Megan. Megan was an artist, and a poet, and such a loving, laughing partner in our shared times...  see more

OBITUARY
In 1995, when Megan Rasbold-Gabbard was a sixth grader in Lexington, Massachusetts, she came home with an assignment to write an acrostic poem. When complete, the first letter of each line was to spell out something that was important to her. After little deliberation, she wrote this: I wander hopefully,Now anxious for an amazing adventure,Deciding for myself. Everything is so good.Promise that I will be happy. Everybody is important,...  see more
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  • L J
    L J:
    My condolences for the loss of your loved one. The hurt and pain of losing a loved one is difficult. Please know that God is near to those that are broken-hearted and who are crushed in spirit.(Psalm 34:18) God will wipe away all tears from their eyes...  more
  • Bill and Mary Lynn Gabbard
    I had several opportunities to visit Glenn, Ruth-Ann, Megan and Max during my years touring with the Army Field Band. This was taken during one of those visits; a scrumptious meal from Glenn, and lots of smiles and hugs from Megan. What a sweet, sweet...  more
  • Carolina Abed
    I have fond memories of Megan from the time when I was her PCA. I can still hear her spontaneous laugh and see her beautiful smile. I had the honor of working for Megan for 2 years. My deepest condolences to Ruth-Ann, Glenn and Max. This picture is from...  more
  • Ginger Williams
    Ginger Williams added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
  • Ginger Williams
    Ginger Williams added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
  • Ginger Williams
    Megan always smiled so broadly every time she and I got together, brightening my day. She would laugh at my silliness and share her concern if something was not right. We had fun together, whether we reading, visiting, hanging out or, one time when she...  more
  • Outdoor Access
    Megan was an important member of our Outdoor Access family,

    Megan was a long time, intrepid adventurer with Outdoor Access and enjoyed hiking and skiing with us for more than 18 years. We had the great opportunity to enjoy many wonderful programs...  more
  • Outdoor Access
    Outdoor Access added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
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    Outdoor Access added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
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  • From Regina Snowden, Executive Director of Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.

    Megan was matched with Cindy Higgins as her Mentor as a youth participant. We adored seeing Megan and Cindy at many PYD events, and having Megan participate. Her...  more
  • Olivia Ntambi
    I was previledged to be Megan's PCA for over a year and I wish to remember that infectious smile Megan always gave me when I came. So positive, happy and always knew what she wanted. I pray ur in a better place with the Angels; and till we meet again,...  more
  • Cindy Higgins
  • David Sulewski
    I first met Megan at Fidelis Way, a place that to me has always meant friendship. Fidelis Way is where my friends in the Sant’Egidio Community and I visited our elder friends who lived there, spending afternoons in the community room talking, sharing...  more
  • Beverly Baker
    Glenn, Ruth Ann and Max, Megan sounds like an incredible woman who was a true trailblazer as she forged her way in the world. Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories about her life. I know she will be missed terribly by your family and her...  more
  • Janis Guerney
    Megan sounds like a marvelously upbeat, adventurous, and gregarious person who contributed a great deal to many people during her too-short life. You must be very (and deservedly) proud of her. I am so sorry for your loss.
  • Ethel Bullitt
    I was Megan's summer camp aide for three summers (1992-1994). We were both kids at the time – I was still in high school. Luckily, I didn’t know much about what was “acceptable” at the time, so we were able to push accessibility and inclusion to...  more
  • Evelyn Hausslein
    When I shared an office and an early childhood project with Ruth-Ann at the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Megan, through Ruth-Ann, taught me everything I know about inclusion, dignity of risk, and community living. This made a difference...  more
  • Ian Witherby
    Although I never had the privilege of meeting Megan, I feel like I have seen a glimpse of what a remarkable person she was through these memories and condolences, and I am grateful for that. I am so sorry for your profound loss. My warmest thoughts are...  more
  • Calvin Rasbold
    I think Megan was laughing at my hair. I don’t blame her!

    - Calvin
  • Richard Duncan
    I've been a friend and colleague of Ruth-Ann's since the 1980's. I've known Glenn since then and met Megan when she was young. All great people. We recently reconnected when I began helping with the design of their new home. They wanted the home to be...  more
  • Margot Kaplan-Sanoff
    Ruth Ann and Glenn, What a tremendous loss for you and all of Megan's family and friends. My memories of Megan start when she was a baby, in the early days of early intevention and with Ruth Ann's formidable advocacy on her behalf as "a...  more
  • Deborah Walker
    Glenn and Ruth-Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. You raised a beautiful woman leader with many talents. The warmth and love you all shared as a family come through in this tribute. My best to you for peace and many wonderful memories.
    Debbie
  • Maureen McDonald
    Maureen McDonald
    I was privileged to have met Megan a few times and honored to have received a gift of her watercolor cards. Throughout the years, I was so inspired to hear about all of Megan's activities from Ruth Ann. Sending love and positive thoughts...  more
  • Ashlee Richey
    Megan's amazing smile shines so beautifully through all of the photos. Sending prayers and love to the Gabbard family.
  • Bess Emanuel
    I first met Megan when she came to have lunch with Ruth-Ann when we worked together at the JFK Building, and followed her activities and story throughout many years. What an indomitable spirit! I have her painting of forsythia over my desk so I continue...  more
  • Vivian Halverson
    Vivian Halverson added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
  • Sarah Verbiest
    There really are no words. I am so deeply sorry. I wish I'd had a chance to know her. Her spirit sparkles through her pictures.
  • Donene Feist
    Sending love to the entire Gabbard family. So sorry to hear about the loss of Megan
  • Kimberly Stice
    My friend, Ruth-Ann, please accept my virtual hugs and sincere love and sympathy. I can't imagine how heavy your heart is right now, but please know others like me are thinking of you and hoping you are surrounded by love and support of family and friends.
  • I'll always remember Megan as being a talented artist who was the world's biggest cheer leader. There was never anyone who was kinder and more supportive, than Megan. I used to love it when she would squeal with excitement. She could brighten up a whole...  more
  • Glenn Gabbard
    From Cory Floyd, one of Megan's high school PTs: "I was so sorry to hear this news! I have been a PT now for over 20 years and although I have worked with hundreds of kids, very few have stayed so vivid in my memories as Megan. She had such a gift for...  more
  • Vivian Halverson
    I feel so fortunate to have known Megan from infancy to adulthood and to have shared many experiences over the years and to have been a recipient of of her thoughtfulness and generosity. So many pictures flood my mind as I think of her.
  • Regina Snowden
    Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. is grieving the loss along with all who were blessed to know Megan as we must hear of our loss. We enjoyed her as a teen and young adult, participating in PYD's programs.

    She was always with her infectious...  more
  • Dear Ruth-Ann, Glenn, Max & Meredith,
    We want you to know how very sad we are to hear of Megan’s passing.

    Megan brought her warmth, kindness, determination and honesty to so many of our Partners training sessions over the years. Her segment of your...  more
  • Katie Stout
    Ruth Ann, Glenn and Max - I am so sorry for your loss. Your family taught me so much, Megan is the master teacher indeed. I hope you find peace in her memories,and know the lessons from your family have spread far and wide. Just last week my 7 year old...  more
  • Glenn Gabbard
    We have so many pictures and memories of Megan in the kitchen in her apron with some wonderful aromas wafting from the oven.

    To say that Samoans love food is a reduction of a powerful feature of the culture. There's certainly a lot of eating that goes...  more
  • Chuck Rasbold
    Long before she became the amazing woman she grew into, Megan was the charismatic flower girl at our wedding.
    -- Chuck & Pam
  • Mi Hickey
    I have Megan’s art work on my wall and had some of her cards. Even though I only met her in person once, I feel as if I knew her. She brought joy and humor to her family and taught them many lessons in life. She was a sweet gift and will be in her...  more
  • Megan spent much of her time as a baby in Leloaloa, American Samoa.
  • Maximillian Rasbold-Gabbard
    Maximillian Rasbold-Gabbard added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
    • Maximillian Rasbold-Gabbard
      Glenn Gabbard This looks like an exhibit which included some of Megan's watercolors.
      • May 18, 2020
  • One of my sister's favorite places in the world was Waimanalo Beach on Oah'u, Hawai'i. Some of my strongest memories of Megan were our family trips there: all of us swimming in the surf, or Megan and one of our parents venturing out into the waves in an...  more
  • Glenn Gabbard
    Glenn Gabbard added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
  • Ruth-Ann Rasbold
    Ruth-Ann Rasbold added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Megan Rasbold-Gabbard:
    Forsynthia, 2009
  • Meredith Whitmore
    Megan, it was an honor to be a part of your life. From the very first time I met you, I was struck by your kindness, generosity, and love of laughing. I will miss you forever.