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Lauren Marie Kimsey, 39; service at Mt. Zion, reception at Peninsula Club

Lauren Marie Kimsey

Lauren Marie Kimsey

Update: Lauren Marie Kimsey, 39, of Mooresville, passed away peacefully Sept. 10.  Lauren was born January 23, 1977 in Gastonia to Robert Warren Kimsey and Pamela Hightower Kimsey.

She was a beloved by many and a stalwart supporter of good causes.

With her beautiful smile, her grace, and determination, Lauren could be seen all over the Lake Norman community.   Always with a ready smile, she had a gentleness that came from the heart and a laugh that made everyone around her smile.  She was the marketing director for Aquesta Bank and worked with many organizations including the Lake Norman Chamber in both business and philanthropic areas.  Lauren was a giver—always offering herself for the benefit of others, whether through her many charitable aspirations or to support her family and friends.  Her “holiday homeless” friends were always part of all of Lauren’s celebrations as she would never let a friend be alone on the holidays.

She was a GIGGLES life group member where she helped serve in the homeless shelter, made jewelry for disadvantaged women, made blankets and baskets for the chemo center and participated in Stop Hunger Now food packing. Lauren volunteered for the Ada Jenkins Center and Big Day at the Lake among others.  Lauren was the PR director of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club where she was not only a leader, but she also worked with the Christmas shoe boxes, pancake breakfast, annual golf tournament and Habitat for Humanity.

She was a member of the Executive Women of Lake Norman and participated in its many efforts to support Safe Alliance and organized teams to help build houses for “Wounded Warriors.” Lauren believed that we could find a cure for cancer and participated in Relay for Life, breast cancer and sarcoma awareness and fundraising events.

Lauren will receive the Top Women award from Business Today posthumously in October.

Lauren is survived by her loving family; parents, Warren and Pam of Gastonia; sister, Ashley Jacobs and her husband, Joel, of Hanford, CA; her precious nieces who she adored, Faith Adeline Jacobs and Emberlyn Grace Jacobs; maternal grandmother, Jacquelyn Hightower of Atlanta, GA; aunts and uncles, Patrice Swords, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kimsey; along with several cousins.

Lauren made the world a better place for all who knew her.  She touched so many hearts and will be a blessing for all to remember.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius.

A reception will follow at The Peninsula Club.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Lauren Marie Kimsey Research for Synovial Sarcoma, c/o Aquesta Bank, P.O. Box 700, Cornelius, NC, 28031.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.raymerfh.com.