Katherine Meggs

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Katherine “Kathi” Charlene Meggs, née Nolan, 87, of Freeburg, IL, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, in the arms of her husband of 69 years.

Born February 12, 1936, in Tupelo, MS, she was affectionately called “Pat” by her friends and family. Kathi married Lawrence Meggs on May 8, 1954, at the First Methodist Protestant Church in Kosciusko, MS. They moved to Freeburg, IL in 1968 where she became a teacher at Freeburg Community High School after graduating from McKendree College. She passionately taught speech and drama for 22 years at FCHS. Mrs. Meggs was loved by her students, directing many school plays through the years. She was the coach and sponsor of the school’s Model United Nations teams which competed at McKendree College against other high schools. She also took students to New York City several times to experience the real United Nations in action. Kathi loved the theater and frequently attended plays with her dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, P.R. and Mae Nolan; her parents-in-law, Clyde and Minnie Meggs; and two brothers-in-law, James Draden Meggs and Ben Gerald.

Kathi’s loving memory will be cherished by the family who survives her: her husband, Lawrence Meggs of Freeburg, IL; two sons, Scott (Cathy) Meggs of St. Louis, MO, and Chad Meggs of Freeburg, IL; two brothers-in-law, Johnnie (Ray) Jenkins of Meridian, MS, and Jerry (Debbie) Meggs of Kosciusko, MS; a sister-in-law, Annette Gerald of Brooklyn, MS; five grandchildren, Mason (Victoria) Meggs of Freeburg, IL, Zachary (Savannah) Dickerson of Tilden, IL, Victoria Meggs of Freeburg, IL, Andrew Smith of Sherman, MS, and Zoey Smith of St. Louis, MO; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation: Friends and family are invited to pay their respects from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Jordan Funeral Home, Kosciusko, MS.

Funeral: Funeral services will directly follow visitation, officiated by Reverend Jerry Meggs, Pastor of Crestview Methodist Church of Kosciusko.

Burial will take place at Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko, MS.

A memorial luncheon will be held in Freeburg, IL, at a later date.


21 Comments on Katherine Meggs

Ron Mezo said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2024 at 7:20 AM

Happy birthday, Noli. I miss you.

  • Souto de Lafões
  • Portugal
Mary Vielweber said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2024 at 5:11 PM

Mr. Meggs, I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Meggs passing. May she rest in peace. Sending a hug and hope your memories will give you and your family much comfort.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
David and Katie Mitchell said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2024 at 12:25 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meggs family. Kathy was a wonderful teacher and beautiful person

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Rebecca Viall said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2024 at 1:09 PM

My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of such a lovely person. I will remember Mrs. Meggs for her grace and kindness as a teacher. Her students were wiser for having learned from her.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karen Rae Nash said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2024 at 1:58 PM

My sympathies to Lawrence, Scott, Chad, and families. Kathi was a lovely lady, respected teacher, and great friend. We will all miss her greatly.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Sandy Wakefield said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2024 at 4:16 AM

My thoughts and prayers to Mr. Megs and family. Mrs. Meggs was an inspiration to so many.

  • New Baden
  • Illinois
Keller's said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2024 at 12:15 AM

We pray that GOD will rap his loving arms around Lawrence , scott/cathy, Andrew, zoey, and the other children and ease there pain. In Jesus name we pray AMEN.

  • st Louis
  • mo
Doug and Sherry Greiman said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 10:34 PM

Our deepest sympathy Lawrence. May God hold you in His hands and give you peace.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Marilyn M Wikgren said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 9:33 PM

Deepest sympathy.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Ross Brewer said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 9:23 PM

I’ll add my heartfelt condolences to the Meggs family whom I have known and admired for the vast majority of my life. There are no people finer than the Lawrence and Kathy Meggs

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Benny Lang and Family said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 8:13 PM

We were very sorry to hear of Katherine passing. God's Blessings Always,

  • Belleville,
  • Illinois
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 7:50 PM

Dear Mr.Meggs, I'm so sorry for your loss...Mrs.Meggs was always one of my favorite teachers..she taught me to be comfortable speaking in from of a crowd..she was as kind and loving person to all her students...Sending my sympathies to you and your family.. Respectfully Diana (Koesterer) Borger-Savoia..🌿🌸🌿🌸

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Don Elkins said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 7:49 PM

Please accept my sympathy for your loss of a wonderful person Kathy Meggs

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Pat Etling said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 5:11 PM

What a pleasure it was to have you as a neighbor for 28 years. Your welcoming smile & kindness were always appreciated. May choirs of Angels sing you to your rest dear lady. Thank you for always being a positive influence ❤️

  • Freeburg
  • IL
June Grab Benedick said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 4:01 PM

Mr Meggs and family. Sending my sympathy to all of you. Mrs Meggs had been on mind often lately as I’m working on the class of 74, 50 th yr reunion. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Stacey Wilson said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 2:05 PM

Oh how much I loved you Mrs. Meggs!! You supported, nurtured and cared for me and I think of you so often! Anytime I made it back to Freeburg, I drove by hoping I might catch you outside and regret I didn't knock and give you the biggest hug of gratitude. To Mr. Meggs, Scott, Chad and families, I am sending my love and pray your memories sustain you in your days ahead. An incredible, incredible lady. I will look for you in the heavens one day Mrs. Meggs!!

  • Richmond
  • Texas
Lori Speiser said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 1:07 PM

My condolences to the Meggs family, you're in my thoughts and prayers

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
SharonBergkoetter said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 1:02 PM

My condolences to her family. She was an elegant and gracious lady who taught us how to speak and perform with class.

  • mesa
  • AZ
Laura and Tom Gauch said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 1:02 PM

Our deepest sympathy Lawrence and family. Praying you find strength and peace.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Kim Birnstiehl said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 12:15 PM

My deepest sympathies and love to Mr Meggs, the family and friends. Mrs Meggs was an awesome teacher, I remember her well. May she rest in peace and may God comfort the surviving family and friends.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Rosanne Hettenhausen said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 12:02 PM

We are sending our deepest condolences to the family of Kathy Meggs. She is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She will be missed by all who knew her. May the many memories you have of her bring you comfort at this time.

  • Freeburg
  • Il

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