In Memoriam

Karen Nelson

Karen Ann Nelson

1953 - 2017

Karen passed away on March 29, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.

On May 27, 2017, family & friends will gather at Lake Travis to celebrate Karen's life.

Karen is survived by her son, Johnathan Gillen.  and her sister Lori Nelson Kasper.

Cause of death:  cardiac arrest                  Obituary not found  

We last saw Karen and guest at our 30th Class Reunion in 2001.

Karen's 2001 BIO: 

     I attended first grade at Cambridge and my teacher was Mrs. Holmgreen. I later had her daughter as a math teacher in junior high. In my spare time, when I'm not working on remodeling the kitchen, I enjoy reading, gardening and riding on the back of an extremely fast Yamaha V-Max. I just smile at the Harley boys when we pass them up. It is not a comfortable bike, however.
    Two years ago we drove from Fort Worth to Lake Travis on it and vowed we would never make a trip like that again. We are now at the age when a touring bike would be nice!
    There have been no earth-shattering accomplishments in my life (unless you call surviving two disastrous marriages a great accomplishment). My son, Johnathan, somehow managed to grow up despite my craziness but was definitely scarred by it.
    Three years ago I ran away from my home in San Antonio and left him there to rent it. Isn't that a change of pace? Now, at the age of 25, he finally seems to be growing up and able to stand on his own two feet.  He is my greatest accomplishment and what I am most proud of. - Karen Nelson, 2001

High School activities: Chaps 1, 2; Office Education Association, Reporter 4,
Photo from senior yr Olmos, however Karen was not in this photo


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05/26/17 11:25 AM #1    

Toni Schmid (Stevenson)

I remember laughing with Karen.  She could get me so tickled, with that mischievous grin of hers, and twinkle in her eye. - Toni

05/26/17 12:22 PM #2    

Gabrielle Peak

I met Karen in the 1st grade at Cambridge Elementary in Mrs. Holmgreen's class. She was likable, smart and a lot of fun. Karen was great at Championship Jumprope which was a big deal among us girls at recess ! We had the same teachers throughout the years into Junior High and High School. We often conferred about homework as Karen was a good student. I was delighted to read her zany Profile Bio. from 2001. Karen had become more of a free spirit by that pointe for which I felt so happy for her.  so long with cancer yesterday, It shocked me that she died on my birthday from a heart attack. After thinking about all day and night,

I realized that Karen got to be a free spirit again even though her son and sister must be grieving this great loss. To them my thought is that, may you find a way to bear the sorrow of losing Karen. To Karen my thought is, you have flown away home as a free spirit who is unemcumbered by any limitations now.  Look homeward, Angel, and know how much your life touched others and that you are loved,Karen.

It came as quite a shock to hear that Karen had been ill for  in tim

                                   With love,your friend, Gabrielle Peak

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