Megan Ann (Havey) Black passed away peacefully on January 12, 2024, in Lenexa, Kansas.

Megan was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 4, 1964, to Bill and Kathleen Havey.  She was the ninth of ten children.  Megan attended Visitation Catholic Church and primary school and graduated high school from St. Teresa’s Academy in 1982.  After graduation, Megan attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and pledged Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1990. While living in Massachusetts, Megan met and married John Powell in 1991. After moving back to Kansas City, they welcomed their only child, a beautiful daughter Lakin in February of 1997.

Upon leaving a very free-spirited lifestyle working in the restaurant industry in Aspen, Colorado, and on Nantucket Island, Megan began a successful sales career. She was an account executive for six years at the Kansas City Star and Where Magazine. In 1999, she left publishing and secured a position in medical sales beginning at TAP Pharmaceuticals and subsequently Purdue Pharma and UCB Pharma.  Megan was a highly skilled and accomplished sales professional and won multiple sales awards.  She was given the nickname of “Digger” by one of her sales managers.  She was adept at building strong client relationships as well as lasting friendships with co-workers.

Megan married Brian Black in August of 2017.  She was thrilled to become Brian’s wife and stepmom to Charlie and Lola.  Having a busy household with lots of activity from three children and two dogs was a dream realized for her.

Globetrotting was one of Megan’s favorite past times and she enjoyed multiple international trips and the beloved annual trips to Nantucket and skiing in Snow Mass with family and friends.  She was always ready for a quick weekend getaway to enjoy nature or explore a new city.

Perhaps the hallmark of Megan’s life outside of Lakin, Brian,and her family, was the massive collection of friends she secured and nurtured along her way.  Megan’s home was always welcoming friends individually or quite often was the hub for many reunions and gatherings of her beloved Visitation classmates.  She loved to cook and entertain.  Megan was masterful in her ability to hostess and enjoy her guests simultaneously.  She was very quick-witted and loved making people laugh.  Megan’s warm kitchen, warm heart and warm embrace will be remembered and missed by many of her devoted followers.

Megan was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Kathleen Havey.  Megan is survived by her husband Brian, children Lakin, Charlie and Lola, siblings Jan Hadfield (Joel), Bridget Havey, Colleen Wiedeman (Wally), Brien Havey (Judi), Kathleen Kellerman (Dan), Eileen Mitts (Harold), Molly Mincher (Jeff), Sean Havey and Matt Havey.  She also leaves behind 37 nieces and nephews, 51 great- nieces and nephews, many cousins and close friends.

A Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024  with the visitation beginning at 12:00 and the service at 1:00 pm at St. Ann Catholic Church 7201 Mission Rd Prairie Village, Kansas. 66208.    The service can be streamed at

The family request contributions in Megans name to the Lewy Body Dementia LBDA 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Ste. 205 Lilburn, GA 30047.  Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.

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