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10/18/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Mary Anne Damon
Mary Anne Damon, 66, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Clinton, passed away at her home Friday, Oct. 18.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Chancy Lutheran Church, Clinton.

Cremation rites were accorded.

Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

  Mary Anne was born June 5, 1947, in Clinton, the daughter of Harold and Mary Jane Smith Stahl. She grew up with her sister and best friend, Linda, on the family farm outside of DeWitt, where she attended school in a one-room schoolhouse.

In 1959, the family moved to Harrison Drive in Clinton. They were members of Chancy Lutheran Church, where she was Confirmed in Faith. Mary Anne attended Longfellow Elementary, Washington Junior High and graduated from Clinton High School in 1965. She attended Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, graduating in 1967 with an associates degree in medical transcription and was an accredited records technician. Mary Anne worked for a number of years at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, before accepting a management position at the Maquoketa Hospital.

While working in Maquoketa, Mary Anne made a phone call that changed her life - on the other end was Christopher Damon, U.S. Navy Corpsman, in Annapolis, Md. Mary Anne and Chris were married Nov. 18, 1978, at Chancy Lutheran Church.

Mary Anne loved the Navy life - she loved to travel and meet new people. She and her family moved with the Navy to Naval bases in Brunswick, Maine; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Jacksonville and Pensacola, Fla. Especially proud of her rose garden, Mary Anne held the record for most consecutive wins of "Yard of the Month" in Pensacola.

In 1990, Mary Anne and her family moved back to Clinton, where they lived in the Lyons neighborhood. Mary Anne worked for the Mercy Medical System as a medical transcriptionist for 19 years, excelling in dictation of foreign-language doctors.

Mary Anne was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) Feb. 27, 2010. She fought very hard to beat this cancer and was thought to be successful after a stem cell transplant from an extremely generous donor Jan. 19, 2011. The leukemia returned in a localized location in March of 2012, and was successfully beaten back with radiation therapy.

Mary Anne was diagnosed once again with a recurrence of ALL Sept. 24, 2013. She fought many battles in a short period of time and passed away at home Friday, Oct. 18.

Mary Anne never knew a stranger - she spoke to everyone she came across, a trait she picked up from her own mother and then shared with her own three children.

She loved to paint in the styles of Bob Ross and Donna Dewberry in oils and acrylics, crafting in general, as well as sewing things for her grandchildren. She often could be seen relaxing at various slot machines in local casinos in her last years. She loved spending time with her family and especially relished her grandchildren.

Mary Anne is survived by her husband Christopher; her children, Erin (Scott) Jones of Altoona, Nathan (Jeramie Patterson) of Clinton and Shannon Damon of Ankeny; grandchildren, Weston Jones and the impending arrival of twin grandsons in January 2014, Zoey Patterson and Paisley Damon; her sister, Linda (David) Rabe of Cedar Rapids; parents-in-law, James and Flora Damon of San Antonio, Texas; siblings-in-law, Michael (Sun) Damon, Nanette (John) Gordon, Steven (Susan) Damon, Casey (Kelli) Damon and Jeffery (Amy) Damon, all of Texas; as well as four nieces, three nephews and various aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mary Jane Stahl, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Donations can be made in Mary Anne's honor to the Faith 4 Kayla Scholarship Fund in honor of her friend, Kayla Atkins .

Please consider being tested as a bone marrow donor to have the opportunity to save the life of a cancer patient!

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