Meaghan Patterson Carter

1971 - 2018

Meaghan Gelshenen Patterson Carter was born May 12, 1971. Meaghan loved animals, especially cats and was owned by many felines throughout her life. She loved the colors green and pink; she loved butterflies and beaches, she loved flowers especially pink roses.  Meaghan loved her family and friends. She was a lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio with part of her heart at Fishers Island, NY.  She spent a year of her childhood on a Catamaran with her family sailing around the world, and as an adult she took an Alaskan cruise that she loved and she went to Vegas a few times.  She graduated from Chaminade Juliene High School and RETS Tech Center.  Over the course of her career she was a civic leader, a firefighter, an EMT, a phlebotomist, a paramedic, and an LPN.  She loved her chosen field and took pride in her ability to care for and help others.  Meaghan was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.  She would help out any way needed, from sitting at hospitals and explaining what was necessary to popping out metal staples from knee replacement surgery.  Meaghan was honest, headstrong, caring and very hardworking. She missed many family occasions due to her chosen career.  Meaghan was very dedicated to her career.


Meaghan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2000.  She tried a variety of management styles from needles to all the different pumps.  In September 2014 Meaghan had her first episode of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) with an ICU stay.  She had been shopping when she didn't feel right and called an ambulance to take her to the ER where they diagnosed her in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).  In February of 2016 she had another DKA trip to the ICU.  Both times happened quickly which made her felt off.  Meaghan kept her sense of humor and good spirits during both episodes.  After brief stays in the hospital she bounced back quickly. Unfortunately, in June of 2018, Meaghan lost her nursing job which included health insurance. Meaghan got so desperate on December 20, 2018 she purchased Walmart insulin with the last bit of money she had.  Meaghan passed away on Christmas 2018 officially from “cardiac arrest” due to her diabetes.  She had been throwing up all Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. She was unable to even keep water down more than likely diabetic ketoacidosis.  She was a day away from getting her paycheck and being able to purchase her prescribed Humalog insulin.  Meaghan had an enthusiasm for life and an infectious sense of humor.  She died at the age of 47 and is survived by her parents, Tim and Sharon Patterson of Fishers Island, NY, her brother Rockwell (Little Lord Fontleroy or Fonts for short), her sister-in-law Mindi, her nephews Zac, Pierce, and Martin and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends who miss her dearly.  Meaghan, Magoon, Mousie, Munchkin, Meg will always be remembered for her forthright sassiness and witty humor, her calm in a storm and her ability to stand up for what she believed in even if she stood alone.  She was a force like no other.


Rest In Peace Meaghan