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Obituary for Oct. 20, 2010


Karen Wilson

Karen Joy Wilson, 48, of Baker City, went to be with her Lord on Oct. 10, 2010, after a valiant fight with cancer.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be Saturday, Oct. 23 at  11 a.m. at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Karen Joy Wright was born Feb. 18, 1962, a Sunday morning, in Albany. She was the second child of Doyal and Juanita, joining her older brother Glen, and later younger brother Gordon.

Karen grew up in a loving home. She spent much of her time in the outdoors playing, camping, fishing with her family, learning to sew with her mom, and developing her legendary independent streak.  Her favorite chore growing up was mowing the lawn (while working on her tan).

She attended Sam Barlow High School. Karen was also a great student in school, active in her church youth group, and had many friends. She graduated in 1980.

In 1982 she married Richard Wilson. It was the beginning of a love affair that would grow continually for the rest of her life. They had a son, Rick, in 1985, and a daughter, Laura, in 1992. Karen loved her kids dearly and was an extraordinary supporter of their activities, band, sports and school. 

Camping, boating, fishing, sports, and “outdoor time” filled many weekends of the family’s life together. Karen also continued her love of sewing, especially quilting. 

Karen and Richard raised their family in the Portland area for several years before moving to Pendleton in 1994. In 2006 the family moved to Baker City. Karen was quick to make friends with several people in town: quilters, soccer, softball, band parents, and members of her church. Karen was proud of her strong faith in the Lord.

She was a member of the Women’s Ministries team and was always willing to share her amazing love and talents with those around her. Karen was a volunteer for the Baker Bulldogs soccer and softball fundraising; Northeast Oregon Compassion Center and Baker Nazarene Women’s Ministries.

Karen is survived by her husband, Richard Wilson of Baker City; her son, Richard Wilson of Pendleton; her daughter, Laura Wilson of Baker City; her parents, Doyal and Juanita Wright of Gresham; and her brother, Gordon Wright, also of Gresham.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Glen Wright.

Contributions in Karen’s memory may be made to Legacy Hopewell House or Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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