Beth Elaine Wilcox

Beth Elaine Wilcox, 52, was a nurse by profession and a care giver to all. She was the embodiment of intelligence, charm, compassion and sincerity. Beth was taken from us much too soon in the early morning hours of April 27, 2010. She was returning to her home outside of Trail after a shift as an emergency room nurse practitioner at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Beth was dedicated to her husband, Eric Weiss, family and pets as well as her many friends. She lived an active life. She was passionate about her profession. She had been a medical volunteer for Britt Festivals and the Oregon Country Fair. She was a critical thinker with the ability to comprehend the different sides to an issue.

Two of Beth’s favorite things were French roast coffee and red wine. Her talents stretched from building homes to being socially and politically active to outdoor activities. She was an avid reader and gracious host.

Beth was born on June 15, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio. After high school, she spent a year as an exchange student in Denmark and backpacked throughout Europe. She met her husband Eric in the late 70s in Santa Cruz, Calif. To fulfill their goal of a sustainable homestead, they moved to the Rogue Valley in 1980, purchased property near the Rogue River and built a solar home outside of Grants Pass. Over the years, she helped her husband develop property, build and renovate houses. She attended Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University and received her masters in nursing from Oregon Health Science University and eventually became a licensed nurse practitioner. She was employed by Asante Health Systems for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Eric, her father, Frank, of Portland; sisters, Cate, of Portland and Anne, of Washington, D.C. and a brother, Dean, of N.H. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Wilcox.

Donations may be made in Beth’s name to the Beth Wilcox NP Scholarship Fund at OHSU. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 12, from 3-7 p.m. at Eden Vale Winery on Voorhees Road in Medford.

 

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