Megan succumbed to injuries she suffered when she began to drown while playing in the ocean during a vacation to Pismo Beach on June 19. Three lifeguards, a surfer and a couple of off-duty sheriff’s deputies helped rescue her from the waters and administered CPR. She was taken to Grover City Community Hospital via ambulance before being flown to the Oakland Kaiser Pediatric Intensive Car Unit, where she died.
She is survived by her parents, Patrick and Michelle McDonough; younger brother, Caleb; grandparents, Mike and Jean Ruffner; uncle and aunt, Brian and Darris Ruffner; aunts, Mary Borchard and Lisa McDonough; and cousins, Haley, Zachery, Ashlynn, Patrick, Kenny and Rebekah.
Born on Nov. 19, 1996, Megan was a spirited girl with a passion for singing and dancing. She loved to watch videos on YouTube that had the lyrics to her favorite songs so that she could sing along. She loved listening to Avril Lavigne, and often challenged her brother to a battle on Rock Band. She and Caleb were great friends and never minded hanging out with each other.
Megan was a typical tween. She loved to hang out with her friends and avoided homework whenever possible. She wasn’t a girly-girl, opting for jeans and sweatshirts over anything frilly. She was even considering dying her hair black.
Megan was up for anything if it meant having fun. She got along with everyone and would even go to parties with younger kids in attendance because it was an opportunity to have a good time.
She also enjoyed sports, playing softball, basketball, football and even ping-pong and bowling, but soccer was her favorite. She played on the East Diablo Youth Soccer League for five years.
When she wasn’t playing sports, Megan was a great cheerleader. She loved to get up and yell, cheering for the 49ers, and the team was a fan of hers as well, as they won nine out of the 10 games that she attended.
Megan loved animals and finally got a dog after years of asking for a pup. Growing up, she had rabbits and hermit crabs, but she always wanted a dog, but dad was allergic. Last Christmas, Megan finally got a dog, an 11-month-old Chihuahua-mix, Avila, which she lovingly doted upon.
Avila and the rest of Megan’s family and friends miss her dearly. The family would like to thank the community for all its love and continued support during this difficult time.
A service was held for Megan at Edna Hill Middle School on June 30.
A trust fund has been established in Megan’s honor at Bank of America, 241 Oak St. in Brentwood. Donations may be made to the Megan McDonough Trust, account number 0463771045. For more information, call Bank of America at 925-634-9433.