Karen Louise Wilcox, née Nielsen, 69, of Virginia Beach, Virg., passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2013, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. The cause of death was complications from a stroke.
Karen was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Aurora, to Emma Louise Nielsen and Oscar Frick Nielsen. As a child, Karen loved playing piano and organ, cooking, and fishing, and was an active member of the 4-H Club and Rainbow for Girls.
She graduated from Aurora High School in 1961, and earned her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Nebraska in 1965. She practiced in the kidney transplant unit at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, and taught nursing at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
At the University of Nebraska she met Clyde W. (Bill) Wilcox Jr., a medical student. The two married April 9, 1966, in Aurora. Two years after the birth of their first child, she chose to stay home and raise her family. Karen loved the opera, theatre, cooking, classic cars, mystery novels, baseball, crosswords, birds, and wildlife. She was also a devoted, fun-loving parent and grandparent.
She is survived by her loving husband, Clyde W. Wilcox Jr., MD of Virginia Beach; her daughter, Kimberly A. Wilcox of Brooklyn, NY; and her son, William C. (Kip) Wilcox, daughter-in-law Debra L. Diaz Wilcox, and grandson W. Cameron Wilcox, all of Charlotte, NC.
Her parents and her brother, Timothy L. Nielsen, preceded her in death.
The Rev. Anne C. Brower, MD led the memorial service Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, in Virginia Beach. The family asks that donations be made in Karen's name to The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org  or to the Arthritis National Research Foundation at www.curearthritis.org .
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 24, 2013