Phoebe Lovisa Damon

            Phoebe Lovisa Damon, 55, died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 5, of a cerebral aneurism. She was born Dec. 7, 1952, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Kenneth R. Damon and Vera E. Littlejohn Damon. 

            After graduating from high school in Cazenovia, N.Y., she received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Following college, she lived and worked in Boston, Mass., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Dallas, Texas.

            She held positions in lease and contract administration for European-American Bank on Wall Street, Bank of America in San Francisco, and San Diego, before joining Océ North America in Chicago. During her marriage, she was a professional bank administrator and lived in Zurich, Paris and London. 

            Raising and training horses was her passion. As a teenager, she became an accomplished equestrian, achieving the highest rank in the U.S. Pony Club, and continued her devotion to animal welfare throughout her life. Actively involved in the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, she began her avocation with wildlife rehabilitation in Marin County and San Diego, Calif.

            An accomplished linguist and flautist, Phoebe was an avid supporter of the arts, and a devotée of opera everywhere she lived. She enjoyed international travel, language and ancient civilization studies.

            She is survived by her mother, Vera-E. Littlejohn of Elburn; two brothers, James Damon of Wilton, Conn., and Alex Damon of Cordell, Okla., and their families, as well as an extended family in Sweden.

            Respecting her interests, in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn.

            A memorial reception to honor and remember her life was held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL  60119.

            For information, call (630) 365-6414, 1-800-8-CONLEY or visit www.conleycare.com.