Erika Joanna Wilson, 86, of Newark, Delaware passed away on March 14, 2023. She was born on February 7, 1937 in Oxford, England, to the late Edward Joseph O’Brien and Ruth (Gorgel) O’Brien Chard.
A short time after her birth, her family moved to her mother’s family estate in Palanga, Lithuania, where she grew up. Erika was highly educated and held advanced degrees from the University of London and Cambridge University. She worked as a paraprofessional in academic libraries in Texas and Oregon and also as a museum curator at the University of Texas. Erika was an avid reader and also loved gardening, sewing, knitting and cooking. She was a collector of board games and prepared exhibitions from her collection at the Oregon State University Museum and the Biggs Museum in Dover. For a time, she was a speaker on board games in the Speakers Program of the Delaware Humanities Forum.
In addition to Erika’s parents, she was also preceded in death by her son, John Williams.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Craig Allen Wilson of Newark DE.; daughter, Felicity Condon of Caldwell, TX; Sister, Ingeborg O’Brien of the Isle of Wight, UK; grandchildren, Alex Condon of Caldwell, TX, and Lynn Condon of Bryan, TX, and also by several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private.