Wilson, CarolMy Aunt Carol passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. A memorial is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 2:00-4:00 at the Downtowner.

Aunt Carol was a fun aunt who introduced me to my love of travel, art, plays and musicals. When I got older I realized that most people didn’t get the wonderful experience of an aunt who wanted to teach them about the world and art.

Aunt Carol introduced me to art when I was very young by pointing out all the animals and unusual things in the background of famous paintings at the museum. We would then compete to see how many of these images we could find in the paintings. When we went to the Picasso museum, she pointed out to me that he frequently painted his subject from multiple sides at the same time. Her favorite artist was Vincent Van Gogh, but she introduced me to all kinds of art.

Aunt Carol also introduced me to the fun of travel and exploring. She always found ways to educate me along the way. One of my favorite trips we took together was the one to Washington, D.C. It was amazing seeing the monuments and the Smithsonian museums. We also did a wonderful trip to Europe where we visited several countries. She let me plan where we would go and I wanted to see as many countries as possible in case I never got to go back. I planned the trip so we never spent more than one night in a place.

We also went to many ballets, plays and musicals. My favorite was seeing Phantom of the Opera in London. A giant chandelier came over the audience and landed on the stage. That was our favorite musical and the story was different in London. They made the phantom a more romantic and lovable character. The version we had seen before had portrayed him as more sinister.

She always encouraged me to do my best and to learn. Aunt Carol never stopped learning herself. She enjoyed being a doctor. One time when I was young she was listening to heart sounds in her car and was teaching me what each of the sounds meant. Even though the heart was not her area of specialty, she still wanted to know how to recognize a problem. She introduced my sister Erika and I to her love of medicine, and when we were younger we both wanted to be doctors when we grew up. When I was a young child she explained to me how dialysis cleaned people’s blood and helped them to feel better. She loved her patients and was always extremely sad when one of them passed away.

Everyone needs an Aunt Carol. All of our lives are dramatically better because Aunt Carol was a part of them. The following is her obituary:

Carol Jane Wilson, M.D. died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Carol was born in Bryan, Texas on March 26, 1941 to proud parents Margaret Anna Walker Wilson and Davis Douglas Wilson. She lived in Fort Worth TX while she was growing up except for a short time in Albuquerque. NM while her father worked for the government at Los Alamos during World War II. Living in New Mexico as a young child made a very strong impression on her and led to her life-long love of the state and Native American Art.

Carol attended Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and was an accomplished pianist and a state doubles and singles tennis champion, graduating as valedictorian in 1959. Following family tradition, she graduated from the University of Texas Summa cum laude, a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1963. She entered Baylor Medical School in Houston in a class of 82 men and 3 women and graduated at the top of her class in 1967.
Dr. Wilson was granted a National Institute of Health Fellowship in the College of Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco to do special studies and research in Renal and Metabolic Diseases in infants and children. Her research led to improved dialysis for infants and children for which she received international recognition.

One of the first Pediatric Nephrologists, Dr. Wilson served on the faculty at Baylor Medical School in Houston where she taught and conducted research while also practicing at Texas Children’s Hospital. There she opened the first pediatric dialysis unit in Texas.

Dr. Wilson moved to Denton in 1983 where she served the community for twenty years at Denton Dialysis, Inc., including a stint as Medical Director from 1987 until 1998. She ended her medical career of forty-nine years at the University of North Texas Health Center only a couple of years ago.

Dr. Wilson’s brilliant mind, remarkable diagnostic skills, teaching ability, tenacity, wonderful sense of humor, and compassion earned her many leadership positions among her peers. She was dedicated to her patients and their families. She was highly regarded by the nurses and other medical staff she worked with wherever she went.

Carol loved nature and her solitude. She was a strong proponent of women’s rights, human rights, and environmental protection. She lived on her farm in Sanger among birds, deer, coyotes, bobcats, armadillos, rabbits, raccoons, and wonderful neighbors. She lived very carefully trying to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. She kept bees and experimented with viniculture. She was a Texas Master Gardener and loved to cook from her garden. She lived independently and drove her car to the very last.

Dr. Wilson is survived by her sister, Mary Adrian Anderson and her husband, David Roy Anderson; four nieces: Leigh Anna Hilton and her husband, James Guy Hilton; Rebecca Lynn Wheeler, and her husband, Wyman W. Wheeler; Carol Jane Mount; and Erika Lynn Ramos, and her husband Trey Gerardo Ramos; eight great nieces and nephews: Courtney Breanne Mount, Katlyn Lauren Mount, Brad Guy Hilton, Walker Wyman Wheeler, Matthew Roy Hilton, Carly Jane Mount, Madison Lynn Wheeler, and Zoey Lux Ramos. Dr. Wilson was predeceased by her sister, Gretchen Claire Jennings. A memorial is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4 :00 pm at the Downtowner.

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