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Loved ones gather to remember Megan "May-May" Daughtrey

By BY CAMILLE DOTY
April 20, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

Katrina Calderon, 17, hugs her cousin, Raquel Calderon, 16, as she arrives to be with friends and family Wednesday evening following the death of their cousin Megan Daughtrey. The family gathered at Daughtrey's step-grandmother's house to prepare for the upcoming funeral of the 16-year-old who died Sunday in a car accident on Old Goliad Road. An open visitation will be at Grace Funeral Home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday.

The family called her "May-May" because when they were little, the kids couldn't pronounce "Megan."

That family gathered Thursday evening to remember "May-May."

Laughs, hugs, and tears flowed at the family home of Megan Nicole Daughtrey.

Megan was killed in a car crash Sunday while on her way to work at a Chuck E Cheese in Victoria. From the accident scene, the 16-year-old girl was taken to DeTar Hospital but efforts to save her failed. She was pronounced dead at 1:53 p.m.

Her father, Lawrence Daughtrey, said his daughter strived for excellence. Megan, an enthusiastic server at the family entertainment center, usually received excellent ratings. One time, she only received a "good" evaluation and asked the customer why. One of her goals was to become Employee of the Month.

Megan finished her shift and went fishing with her father. Neither knew it would be for the last time.

"My baby's gone," he said with tears welling up and emotion overtaking him. "I would do anything to see her walk up this driveway.

Daughtrey said his daughter had to grow up fast to take care of her younger siblings. Although he and Megan's mother are not together, he always wanted to be a part of her life. Megan enrolled in GED classes so she could attend Victoria College, and later the University of Houston-Victoria, to become a pediatrician.

One of her younger brothers, 10-year-old Blake, spoke of Megan's selfless nature. "She always worried about other people's problems before she worried about her own."

Megan's family said she was family-oriented. Her siblings did not live in the same house or town, but she made a conscious effort to spend time with all six of them. "Her brothers and sisters were her life, said her uncle Charlie Huth.

The 27-year-old uncle was more like a brother to Megan. Growing up, she loved the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire." If Huth attempted to change the channel, she would cry for her granny. He admitted she loved spoiling children but never wanted any of her own.

Both family and friends said she saw the best in people. Her boyfriend of one year - Jonathan Black - said Megan helped him become a better person.

The biggest lesson he learned from her: "You can get mad, but you can't stay mad." He said he has become a more likeable person since dating Megan.

Another friend, Kelsey Broderick, is still in shock. "We were the fantastic four. I don't know what we're going to do without her."

Megan's father, Lawrence, said, "We're all taking it hard. But everyone knows I'm taking it hardest." The 35-year-old father will celebrate his first birthday without his daughter on April 30. Ironically, he said, one of her favorite songs was "If I die Young" by The Band Perry.

One thing about May-May, her father said, she was indeed honored as Chuck E Cheese's Employee of the Month because she was one of the best employees the eating establishment ever had.

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