Karen Jean Wilson-Wenglarz was born June 12, 1947 to James and LaVeta Wilson in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in Enid and Fairview, Oklahoma working as a beautician, tax preparer, dispatcher and secretary. On April 10, 1991 Karen married Edward "Peppy" Wenglarz in Fairview, Oklahoma. While living in Dongola, Illinois they were adopted into the Lakota Indian tribe before moving to Okeene, Oklahoma. After her husband passed Karen moved to Watonga, Oklahoma to be closer to family. She passed away January 9, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. She is preceded in death by her mother, father and husband. Survivors include her son's Ross Roberts, his wife Anna of Fay, Oklahoma and Jon Salyer of Watonga, Oklahoma. Karen also had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, along with her adopted and tribal grandchildren.
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