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Karen Michelle Winston Wilson

August 16, 1961June 25, 2019

Karen Michelle Winston Wilson’s journey began August 16, 1961, at the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington D.C. The family who loved Karen from childhood and nurtured her into adulthood included her parents, Richard and the late Barbara Winston, and three brothers, Richard Winston Jr., Todd Winston and Randall Winston. The family who loved the remarkable woman Karen became included her soulmate and beloved husband, Paul Wilson, her daughter, Della Wilson and a collection of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews who brought joy to Karen’s life.

At an early age, Karen demonstrated that she had followed in her father’s footsteps, exhibiting an aptitude for running track. She would go on to excel in basketball and volleyball as well. While enjoying the sense of belonging that sports brought to her life as her family moved around the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, she discovered her other passion: art. Karen derived great enjoyment from the hours she spent drawing and writing poetry. Her reward was the response she received after giving something handmade and heartfelt. One early example was when, as a young girl, Karen was inspired to write a poem about Brian Piccolo, having been profoundly moved by the film “Brian’s Song.” Barbara Winston, Karen’s mother, sent the poem to Brian Piccolo’s widow. Karen received a warm, personal letter, thanking her for the kindness.

Karen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising and graphic arts. She put her degree to use by working as an advertising account executive at J. Walter Thompson and later running several sales territories for the McDonald’s Corporation. Karen was a star professional just as she had been a star athlete. She was witty, upbeat and lived her life with grace and dignity, rarely complaining or slowed down by the enormous health challenges she surmounted brought on by Lupus.

Karen spent the last twenty-one years married to the love of her life, Paul Wilson, and mother to Della Wilson. Karen took great pride in her many accomplishments, but perhaps found the most pleasure and fulfilment in her roles as wife and mother. Karen passed on the morning of June 25, 2019. Her passing leaves an enormous hole in the lives of all who knew and loved her.

Karen Michelle Winston Wilson’s memorial and life celebration will be September 4th at The Breakers Hotel Palm Beach.

The family asks that you consider making a donation in Karen’s honor at the Lupus Foundation of America:



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Karen Michelle Winston Wilson

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Linda Faris

September 27, 2019

I met Karen and Paul at a neighborhood party around 1998 and Karen and I immediately hit it off. We had a DC and Chicago connection.
Karen and I shared recipes and our love for cooking. Our girls Taylor and Della were close in age so we had a lot to talk about. Our shopping trips and lunch afternoons were always filled with Karen’s wit and infectious laugh, our private jokes.
I am blessed for the time I had Karen as a friend and miss her.
I always liked this beautiful photo of Karen and Taylor from December 2015

Sonia Townsend

September 27, 2019

I met Karen over eighteen years ago, She was my neighbor who soon became my friend. Karen was filled with love and compassion, always ready to give a helping hand even as she herself needed a hand.
Karen as you take your rest I just want to leave some last words :

‘Where there is love,
pain breaths,
tears smile,
hurt softens,
guilt loses its edge,
judgement forgets to judge,
fear is no longer afraid,
separation is over.

Where there is LOVE,
you were there.

Goodbye my friend. Rest In Eternal Peace.

Talin Tenley

September 3, 2019

The first time I met Karen was at a Lupus event in Los Angeles circa 2007. She walked in the room STRONG and BEAUTIFUL - with a red rose in her hair. I soon found out that her inner beauty was even more beautiful than her physical presence. Throughout the years I came to appreciate Karen as someone easily liked, fun to hang with, always smiling, ready to give a hug, interesting to talk to, multi-faceted, talented and CRAZY about her family. She was the epitome of womanhood and I am a better woman for having known her. The last time we exchanged words I told Karen she was a FORCE and she continues to be so in those that knew her and loved her. Karen, we will miss you always and cherish the memories we were lucky enough to have shared. Love you.

Lynne Mueller

September 1, 2019

Dear Winston and Wilson families, and extended family of Karen,

I’ll always remember meeting Karen for the first time. . during our Hawaii days, and deciding right away I wanted to be her friend and she mine. It was ‘like at first sight’ - as with everyone who was lucky enough to be in her orbit.

Karen had a ‘lightness of being’ that made me and our friends happy just to be with her. So much love and joy, silliness and laughter into tears that I am missing terribly. Though, I think my heart has grown to make more space for her being with me.. us, always in spirit and love.

I hope you will all find a little more peace each passing day, knowing you’ve community.. Karen’s constellation, in all of us, to help buoy you through this time and always.

With love and fond aloha and remembering Barbara on her day..
Lynne Mueller

Kareena Cumberbatch

August 29, 2019

I started out as the babysitter next door and ended up becoming like family..❤️ Karen, I know living with lupus was hard but that hardly held you back from being the insightful, warm hearted, supportive, welcoming, hard working, phenomenal and caring individual I got the chance to know. Your legacy is a beautiful one. I will be there for Della always.. don’t worry she is covered and loved tremendously. I will miss you.

Michael Keenan

August 27, 2019

I met Karen on the same night that I met the love of my life, her brother Randall, my now husband of 21 years. Truth be told, I hit it off more with Karen that night than I did with Randall! Despite our eleven year age difference(which she would never admit to, nor would anyone suspect due to her exquisite beauty)We became fast friends and shared our love of cooking, dining out, and talking about our families. NEVER had I heard of a family so loving and supportive. I do not mean that in the typical familial way, it was different than I have known. They were all equals , and they were all best friends...I needed to know them all! Due to my friendship with Karen it was easy to keep in touch with Randall even though he lived in LA , and I in Boston. Eventually I moved to New York and became roommates with Randall. Karen was so happy that her brother and I were getting closer, and would eventually end up together. I have said a thousand times, that one of the best things about marrying Randall was that one of my best friend became my sister, and we would be connected forever. I love her so much and will miss that smile and laugh everyday. I thank her for being my sister, and making me truly feel like a member of the Winston family.

Molly Norwood

August 24, 2019

Please accept our sincere sympathy. We think of the Winston Family with fond memories from our days in Park Forest, IL. Love and prayers for all the family.

Molly and Bill Norwood

Anne Haubold-Glenny

August 21, 2019

Karen was one in a million. Very few people can light up a room and put a smile on people's faces like Karen could. My fondest memories of her were at MSU. We lived in Wilson Hall ( a little foreshadowing?), and then lived in an off campus apartment together the summer of our sophomore year. We danced to Rick James' "Super Freak", ate frozen McDonalds hash brown patties (thank you Mr. Winston!), belly laughed over her crush on Michael Jackson, and woke up early in the morning to see Lady Di marry Prince Charles.

Karen was my Superhero. I will miss her, but I am so, so grateful to have had her and her family bless my life.

Rest in Peace Friend,
Anne Haubold Glenny

Jill Craig

August 19, 2019

Karen and I met in 1979 at Michigan State University. Her bright eyes, her infectious smile, and her ability to tell a story made her room a popular place. We shared a similar family background of caring involved parents, three brothers/no sisters, a black lab mix dog we adored, and the knowledge of what Lupus is (my grandmother had it). She approved of my boyfriend, Jay, who we both met in 1980 at MSU and she stood up in our wedding. When I was invited to Karen’s bridal shower in Detroit, I knew by talking to and seeing Karen radiate love and happiness that Paul and Karen were meant to be together. Several years ago, Jay and I and sons (3) began trips to Florida to visit Jay’s parents and the twice a year, three-hour lunches at PF Changs began. We shared parenting stories. Della, she loved being a mom and she was so proud of you. She loved her brothers and their families and was proud of their career successes. Karen shared how her dad came and helped around the house and how she experienced signs that her mother was still looking out for her from above. More recently Paul and Karen, Jay and I have met for lunch, the guys would go play golf and we could talk the whole time they were gone. Luke 12:32. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” There are different estimates of exactly how many times Jesus speaks some variation of “Do not be afraid.” When we are in the midst of life, and especially when we are trying to picture an invisible and unknown future, it is easy to be afraid. There is so much we don’t know…so much we don’t understand. On Monday, June 24th I awoke to find that Karen had texted me a selfie from her hospital bed. Her eyes are bright, her smile is infectious, she looks amazing I text back and thank her for putting a smile on my face. She looks like all of those things but she does not look afraid. I could never tell a story like Karen could but I wanted to write this one.

michelle cox

August 18, 2019

We will miss you Aunty Karen