Karen E. (Nilson) MacMillan

September 20th, 2014

Karen E. (Nilson) MacMillan, age 72, of Derry, N.H., formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away at the Tufts New England Medical Center on September 18, 2014.

Karen was born on November 16, 1941 in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Anton and Alice Nilson. Karen was raised in Arlington Heights and was a graduate of Arlington High School.

Karen was introduced to the love of her life, Richard H. MacMillan, by a close family member; the two were inseparable and married in October of 1960. Karen and Richard lived in Wakefield for a few short years, before settling in Wilmington in 1963, where they raised their three sons; Richard, Jr., James and Lee. Karen and Richard loved their “annual trips” camping with their boys; a tradition that she continued with her grandsons. The couple enjoyed making many fond memories with their family before Richard’s untimely passing in October of 1988.

Prior to retiring, Karen worked as an administrative secretary for the H. B. Fuller Company (formally known as Terrell Corp) for more than 33 years. Karen’s work ethic and dedication to her job was second to none and with her winning personality she was a favorite amongst her co-workers.

In her spare time, Karen was a talented embroiderer and she enjoyed working on crafts. Karen was famous for her embroidered T-shirts that were made special for family and friends. Karen was also a wonderful baker who kept the neighborhood kids fed with her treats.

Karen will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and support for her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nana, daughter, cousin, and a true friend to many; she will be sorely missed by all.

Karen was the beloved wife of the late Richard H. MacMillan, devoted mother of Richard H. MacMillan, Jr. & his wife Emma of Tewksbury, James A. MacMillan & his wife Kelly of Londonderry, NH, and Lee M. MacMillan & his wife Heidi of New Boston, NH, loving “Nana” of Kyle MacMillan, Mark and Matthew MacMillan, and Russell MacMillan, cherished daughter of the late Anton and Alice Nilson, dear sister-in-law of Barbara Cotter and Linda Thivierge. Karen is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 26th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Karen E. (Nilson) MacMillan”

  1. Jane Hill says:

    I am sadden by Karen’s death……… I often remember my times at the grocery store that we would met in an aisle….. shopping for the crowd . keep your memories close and remember the good times………..

  2. Cathy Raske & Steve Peak says:

    Richard & Emma and family,
    Sorry to hear about Karen, she was one of our favorite people in the neighborhood in Wilmington. She was like the sunshine, always cheerful and made you feel special when she spoke to you. She is an example of how we should all live with a positive attitude and a kind word for everyone.
    We have the best memories of her.
    Cathy & Steve

  3. Jean Langone says:

    For the last ten years I saw Karen every week at the hairdresser’s. She was a lovely lady and I so enjoyed sharing conversations re our families, our arts & crafts, our cooking anf many recipes. My sincere sympathy to the MacMillan family Karen will be sorely missed.

  4. Clare Doyle Craig says:

    To the family of Karen MacMillan
    I was so very saddened to learn about the passing of Karen.Karen was a childhood chum of mine from Arlington Heights. We had known each other since our kindergarten days. She was a loyal and sincere friend and will be greatly missed.May you treasure the many happy memories that you have of her. She is with her Heavenly Father now.

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