Idaho State Journal, 06/08/13
Karen Anne Shaw Wilcox, 76, of Soda Springs, deeply devoted wife and absolutely great mom, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Caribou Memorial Living Center where she battled and fought the good fight for a good long while. Karen was born on July 6, 1936 in West Palm Beach, Florida the daughter of Allen Neil and Pearle Winnefred Herrick Shaw. She also had lived in Sacramento, California where she graduated from high school.
She married Blynn B. Wilcox, the love of her life, on May 28, 1954 in Sacramento, CA where they proceeded to have four kids. Tracy her fifth child of course arrived right on time some 25 years after their first was born. After about eight years in CA they all moved to Blynn’s hometown of Fairfield, Maine where Karen learned not to like lobster due to the barbaric way in which they are prepared for one’s dinner plate.
After about a year, Richmond, Utah became home where Karen and family could be close to her mom, Pearle (with an e). It was there that she took up the fine art of canning lots of rhubarb, raspberry, and choke cherry jam doing what she could to help make ends meet when times were tough.
Then, in 1966, it was off to Soda Springs, Idaho where Karen became known as “Mom” to most of her children’s friends (as well as her own) because of her active involvement in all aspects of her kids’ lives and subsequently involving her kids’ friends’ lives in the mix. She was involved with Scouts and supervising 4H entomology projects where on one occasion a semi-preserved specimen jumped out of the fridge and shall we say took her by surprise? She screamed or swore or both, but God love her, (and he does) what a mom to be able to put up with the stuff she did! But she loved all of it!! Mom honked loudest at every football game, baseball game, came to every play and often to football, baseball and play practices as well. The bottom line was that if one of her kids was in it, she was there supporting and cheering for them. She always cheered the loudest and the longest.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure or woman’s as the case may be. Karen loved to collect lots and lots of junk, or treasure that is. Her house was delightfully decorated with myriad pieces including ancient tobacco signs, cans, bottles, and miscellaneous tasteful antique toasters strategically placed around the kitchen to name a few. Some items she found tromping around out at the empty Alexander Reservoir. And we can’t forget the great assortment of Raggedy Ann and Andy and Winnie the Pooh dolls all over the place. The house was a great conversation piece. Karen loved to scour all the garage sales and antique shops for things she would decorate her house with as well as sell at a consignment store to make some extra money and for the pure enjoyment of it.
Karen loved camping from the Sierras to Eight Mile to Yellowstone to Redfish Lake to all of the family rendezvous at Granite Creek. She would sometimes take the boys up to Eight Mile to fish and camp honking the horn all the way so as not to run over any critters. Granite Creek was sometimes an adventure having once to be rescued by Blynn as her inner-tube got stuck after errantly floating too far downstream. Just having way too much fun out in the natures was always an important part of her life.
Karen was smart and funny and patriotic. She was fiercely devoted to her family and would do anything, sacrifice anything to support them for whatever was needed and in her power to do. She loved all her family, husband, kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and every kid who called her mom. Karen will be missed greatly by all.
Karen was a member and a Deacon of the Soda Springs Presbyterian Church. She loved to help with the Thanksgiving bazaar and had taught Sunday School.
She is survived by her husband Blynn B. Wilcox of Soda Springs, ID, and two sons and two daughters. Neil and Theresa Wilcox of Park City, UT, Scott and Karry Wilcox of Rock Springs, WY, Pam Brown of Soda Springs, ID, Tracy and Rich Finken of Lehi, UT. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, a son Keith Wilcox and a son-in-law Royce Brown.
Services will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Soda Springs. The family will visit with friends on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sims Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.