Karen Sue McNelis, 66, passed away Saturday, July 27th. Karen was born to James and Nadine (Woodall) McNelis on July 23, 1952, they preceded her. Karen has one sister, Kathy McNelis Randall and one brother, James Ronald McNelis.

Also surviving is her son, Thomas Back and wife, Brandi of Springfield, Mo. Karen has three grandchildren. Keegan, Emmari and Adilyn Back. Also surviving is one daughter Carrie Ann Back.

Karen moved to Wyandotte, Okla. from Pittsburg, Kan. in 2000. Karen was employed by the Wyandotte Nation as a librarian. Karen was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation. She enjoyed genealogy and was an avid reader.

A memorial service will be held in the near future at Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens in Miami, Okla.

A special thank you to the staff at Higher Calling Nursing Center for their kindness, compassion and loving care.