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Connie S. Henderson-Damon

January 28, 1949 March 22, 2018
Connie S. Henderson-Damon
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Connie Henderson-Damon, 69, a longtime resident of Oak Park, IL, died on March 22, 2018, from ovarian cancer.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, on January 28, 1949, Connie graduated from Wichita East High School and attended Wichita State University, where she was in the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Connie was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in New Zealand to live and work with Maori people to learn about their attitudes regarding health, wellness and illness. Upon completing her studies, Connie went on to spend a year traveling overland around the world with a friend.
Connie served as a nurse in the Army Reserve’s 410th Evacuation Hospital out of Topeka, Kansas, with the rank of captain.
After working as a nurse, Connie returned to school and earned an MBA from the University of Kansas.
Connie accepted a position in 1981 with the American Medical Association, Department of Practice Management, in Chicago. While working at the AMA, she met Christopher Damon. They were married in 1983, and lived in Oak Park since 1987.
HendersonDamon & Associates, a firm started by Connie, provided consulting services to physicians about practice management for 15 years. She also worked in a variety of health care administrative positions.
In 1984, Connie edited and self-published a book based on the recollections of her grandmother, Anna Mae Bair, who at the age of nine traveled with her family by covered wagon to New Mexico, where they homesteaded. The appendix to the book displays family genealogy research Connie conducted.
Connie volunteered in a variety of local organizations. She was a member of First United Church of Oak Park where she provided services to the homeless shelter and to the Food Pantry. She was a Cluster Tutoring tutor and then became the Cluster Tutoring Librarian at First United Church. Connie served on a number of church committees and the Church Council.
The Historical Society of Oak Park River Forest has had Connie serve on their Board of Directors for several years, chairing several benefit events as well as helping the Historical Society plan their move to their new facility in 2017.
Connie also volunteered with Chicago Honor Flight which takes World War Two veterans to Washington, D.C.
The passions of Connie were quilting and photography. Almost all of the quilts that she made were given away as gifts. Connie made two quilts that were given to benefit ovarian cancer research. Connie enjoyed traveling internationally and in the US with her family, and also in recent years enjoyed tap dancing lessons with a group of local women.
Connie is survived by her husband, Christopher Damon, Oak Park, IL, and their daughter, Laura, of Burbank, CA. Six aunts and uncles survive her along with 24 cousins and their families & her nephew, Joe Henderson, Southlake, TX and his family. In-laws, John & Betsy Damon, Madison, WI; Patricia Damon, Kohler, WI; niece, Beth Damon, Brookfield, IL and her family, Connie was preceded in death by her parents William O. Henderson and Lenora Bair Henderson.
Connie and her family want to thank all the people who loved and supported her during her life and her ovarian cancer journey.
Memorial gifts may be made to First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301; and the Historical Society of Oak Park River Forest, 129 Lake Street, IL 60302.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday April 7, at the First United Church of Oak Park. Interment was in Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Kansas.

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Memorial Service

Saturday

7

Apr

2:30 PM 4/7/2018 2:30:00 PM - 3:30 PM 4/7/2018 3:30:00 PM
First United Church of Oak Park

848 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

First United Church of Oak Park

848 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest

P.O. Box 771
Oak Park, IL 60303-0771
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