Lisa (Claypool) Allen, 47, of Evanston, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, with her loving family by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Lisa was born on Nov. 21, 1964, in Elgin, Ill. She attended Kaneland High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class and was named valedictorian. As an accomplished ballet dancer, Lisa danced the part of the doll in the Nutcracker Suite.
After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Lisa also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Until her illness sidelined her this past fall, Lisa was a speech therapist for the Chicago Public School system.
Lisa is survived by her father, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; children, Joseph and Rose Allen of Evanston, Ill.; and brother, Mark Claypool of Elburn.
Lisa is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Claypool.
A private, family-only memorial will be held in Evanston.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Lisa Allen’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, www.nationalbreastcancer.org/donate. Lisa Allen was a high achiever in school, doting mother, loving sister and special friend to many.