Megan Jennifer Cramer

June 21, 1966February 19, 2013

Megan Jennifer Cramer—a poet, writer, former attorney, social activist, and server—died February 19, 2013 in the gas explosion that destroyed JJ’s Restaurant on the Plaza at Kansas City, Missouri. Megan was born on June 21, 1966, in Emporia, Kansas, three months before her family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where they still reside. Megan graduated from Parkview High School in Springfield and UMKC as an undergraduate. During her undergraduate years, she helped found the first chapter of the UMKC Lesbian and Gay Student Group. She also worked as a server first at the original Harry Starker’s and then at Houlihan’s Restaurant. Next, she entered and graduated from the UMKC School of Law. While a law student, she belonged to the UMKC chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild and worked three summers at the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center to prepare appeals for prisoners on death row at Potosi Penitentiary. Megan resided in Kansas City for the last 26 years, mostly living just off the Plaza. After practicing law for a few years in Kansas City, she returned to her first love of working with people as a server, first at the Melting Pot and then at JJ’s Italian Restaurant both on the Plaza. Her sweet smile and kind heart made her treasured by so many with whom she interacted. Megan loved people, books, films, writing, laughing, dancing, painting, reading, and her white 1984 Oldsmobile cutlass supreme convertible, named Consuela, which she drove until her father deemed it unsafe at any speed. She delighted in summer poetry and writing workshops at the Provincetown Fine Arts Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, which the whole family attended for several years. She is survived by her parents, Carter and Genny Cramer and by her sister, Stephanie Cramer, and her niece, August McGrail, all of Springfield, Missouri; as well as her cousins, Leslie and Jim Baird, Cody Cramer, Steve and Eileen Cramer, Beth and Terry Cumins, Brian Hartman, Robert and Staci Hartman, Melissa and Jon Ghan, Angela and Bret Gray, and Kurt Rummell; as well as her aunts and uncles, Mark Cramer, Ruth Cramer, Ruth Hartman, Charlie and Lana Rummell; and other extended family members and friends, including Douglas Peoples, Martin Diggs, Aimee Duke, Lisa and Kevin Fossland, Sara Payne, Steffany Payne, Cat Running Elk, Matt Robards, and Megan’s closest friend, Sheri Phillips, and Sheri’s husband Jim and daughters Kylie and Taylor, plus other friends and family too numerous to mention here. A Celebration of Megan’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 4th at Community Christian Church on the Plaza at 4601 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri. A Springfield Celebration will be held Thursday, March 7th at 1 p.m. at National Avenue Christian Church at 1515 S. National, Springfield, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the Megan Cramer Memorial Fund c/o The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960 Springfield, Missouri 65801 or on line at Condolences may be offered at


  • Celebration of Life Monday, March 4, 2013
  • Springfield Celebration of Life Thursday, March 7, 2013

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June 2, 2013

To Professors Cramer and Genny Carter, your devotion to education and kind hearts were felt by all your students. I was shocked and saddened to read of your devastating loss. Please know that a piece of your spirit lives on in those of us you inspired in the classroom. Kim Alexander Dunn, Class of 1979. Independence, Missouri

June 2, 2013

To both Professor Cramers, your devotion to education and kind hearts were truly appreciated as one of your students. I was shocked and saddened by the devastating news of your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you. Also know that a part of your spirit carries on in each of your students. Kim Alexander Dunn, Class of 1979


March 22, 2013

Prayers for the family. What a wonderful life.

Ted Corless

March 13, 2013

I knew Megan from law school and had an opportunity to get to know her socially through a mutual friend, Otis Cowan. She was an extremely upbeat person, loving to those around her, and always wanting to give of herself. Upon reading her Obituary, I found exactly what I expected; a lot of selflessness and charity to those around her. My very sincere condolences to her family and friends in Missouri who will miss her terribly. Best regards, Ted Corless, Tampa, Florida

Dolores Davis

March 6, 2013

My prayers to the family of Megan. She was a sweet and caring person . She will be missed.

March 6, 2013

To Carter and Genny Cramer & family--I'm so sorry for your loss.
There are just no words to express the loss of a child.

Carle (Zinn) Silcott

Francis and Sarah Bottarel

March 5, 2013

Mr.and Mrs. Kramer, Want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathy Young

March 5, 2013

Megan was beautiful inside and out. I feel blessed to have known her. My prayers go out to her family.

Erica Hicks

March 4, 2013

The last time we spoke, your voice put a smile on my face. I wish I could have just one more chance to talk with you. Thanks for always bringing light, laughter, a sense of peace and understanding into our world. All that you held close to your heart will continue to shine from the irreplaceable impact you had on us all. Your light will forever be honored, Namaste

Laurel Hughes

March 4, 2013

Megan was a rare gem in my life for many, many years. My condolences and heart are with all of you. Megans' Spirit has been vivid in the dreamtime, and she is especially honored in painting and artwork this week. Unable to join the memorial in KC, I lit incense at 1pm KC time instead. Holly and I held our own creative memorial for Megan from afar. Peace and prayers.