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Phoebe Newman May 30, 2024 – Los Alamos reporter

Phoebe Newman was a star… creative, kind, generous, wise, funny and beautiful. A gifted writer/poet and a sensitive artist. She loved vibrant colors, her many friends, small towns, her dogs and her family. She also loved the outdoors, especially kayaking, canoeing, packing, winter wilderness skiing, skin diving, as well as exotic hikes and travel. She always appreciated interacting with strangers she met on the street or in the aisles of a supermarket. In addition to her insightful poetry, she performed, painted and created magical tapestries. Her home was often filled with accomplices and shared enthusiasm. She loved many and was widely admired herself. Her smile was irresistible and infectious, it was clear she was always in the moment. She lit up the room.

She was born in Georgia and left there to attend college in Ohio and Florida, graduating from Parson’s in New York City. She once lived in New York, Los Alamos, New Mexico, Ketchikan, Alaska and McMinnville, Oregon. She traveled to many countries, but loved Mexico and Guatemala the most.

She worked in radio, political activism, advertising, bookstores and wrote a lot. She was also heavily involved in the modern jazz scene in New York in the 1970s.

Phoebe died early on the morning of May 30, 2024 at home with her husband Phil, his son Adam and her devoted sister Judith. A memorial service is planned for July 20 at 4 p.m. at her home in McMinnville.

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