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Megan Cramer, local gay activist, dies in JJ's blast.

KANSAS CITY - Megan Cramer, a beloved long-time server at the Melting Pot on the Country Club Plaza, who had just started working at JJ's restaurant, died Feb. 19 in the fire that destroyed JJ's. Cramer was 46 years old.

According the University of Missouri-Kansas City's website, Cramer, who received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from UMKC, founded a support organization for LGBT students in the 1990s while she was a student at the university. Known as a "pioneer and leader in efforts that directly influenced UMKC's direction as a campus that is welcoming to gay students," Cramer launched the Gay & Lesbian Student Alliance in 1990. And, according to a report in The Kansas City Star, she continued to counsel young people during their coming out process.

JJ's restaurant posted the following tribute to Cramer on its Facebook page: "Megan was a sage. She was a mindful, caring, genuine being who looked everyone in the eye with a smile that would pierce your heart with the message that she was THERE. A great listener, friend and one of the best huggers you would ever meet. Megan Jennifer Cramer, in her short time at JJ's impacted our crew and customers with the sort of energy everyone should strive for. She will be missed and always loved."

Services were held Mar. 7 in Cramer's hometown of Springfield, Missouri.

By Ciara Reid, staff reporter

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