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Karen Ann Wilson, age 60, was born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana on August 2, 1953. She left this life on August 11, 2013 to join her Lord and Savior after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Karen was the second oldest child of Clarence Hall, Jr. and Marie Landry Hall. Raised in San Antonio from the age of eight, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1971 where Karen performed with the Lariats. It was in high school where she met her best friend and true love, Floyd Wilson, Jr. They were married on December 30, 1972. During their forty-year marriage, Karen and Floyd enjoyed their two sons, Marques and Alan as well as their five grandchildren. She believed hard work and persistence were the keys to success and strove for excellence in all she endeavored. Karen began a 30 year career at USAA in 1973 where she started as a mail clerk. With aspirations of becoming a supervisor, Karen attended the Incarnate Word College and attained her BBA in 1992 and her MA in Administration Organizational Development with distinction at UIW in 2006. She climbed the ranks at USAA due to her strong work ethic and leadership ability to become the first African American woman Assistant Vice President of Call Services. Her last position before leaving was as Assistant Vice President in the USAA Federal Savings Bank. Karen also worked for several years at The Scooter Store. She was an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, UIW, and Karen ran an independent business with Silpada. In addition, she earned CTM recognition as a member of Toastmasters. Karen loved San Antonio and was committed to serving her community. Over the course of her life, her community activities included: Business Careers High School Mentor, Lanier Pen Pal, charter member of the S.A. Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, board member of the S.A. Golf Association (SAGA), past President of Executive Women's Golf Association (EWG), former Vice Chairwoman of the S.A. chapter of the American Institute of Banking, and membership in Financial Women International. She enjoyed mentoring and coaching and served in that capacity both officially and unofficially to many colleagues and co-workers. Those who loved her will remember Karen most for her strong faith in God, her honesty and compassion, the spirit she showed when rooting for her favorite teams the Cowboys or Spurs, her ability to bring people together through Bunco or Pokeno, her love of travel, reading, learning, music and dance (especially the Cupid Shuffle), her magical pot of gumbo and her immense love for others. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Alma Hall and Ulysses and Elouise Landry. Karen leaves to celebrate her life her cherished husband, Floyd Wilson, Jr.; her sons, Marques (Nicole)Dwayne Wilson and Alan (Kelly) Marshall Wilson; her grandchildren, Kimara, Deonte, Samantha, Ariana, and Jalen; her mother, Marie Landry Hall, her father, Clarence Hall, Jr. and loving stepmother, Dolores Hall; her siblings, Kathy Spruill, Clarence Joseph Hall, Kenneth Hall, Kevin Hall, and Krystal (Derek)Abney, as well as Blondie, Cheryl, Darlene, and Elaine; aunts, an uncle, a host of cousins, a bundle of nieces and nephews and treasured caregivers, Rhonda Chadwick, Alice Clare, Kathy Nusbaum, Liz Ortiz and Sylvia Urrabaz. The family wishes to honor Karen by asking friends and visitors to wear colors worthy of a celebration.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND HOMEGOING
AUGUST 19, 2013
COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
2477 NORTH LOOP 1604 EAST
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SLEW Wellness Center 12521 Nacogdoches Road, Suite 101 San Antonio, TX 78217-2117 in order to support women with cancer with physical and emotional support.
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Published in Express-News on Aug. 18, 2013