Karen Kinsey Delfausse

January 11, 1949June 3, 2021

Karen Kinsey Delfausse, 72 of Indian Land, SC, passed away from natural causes on June 3, 2021.

Karen was born January 11, 1949, daughter of the late Jack and Caroline Kinsey.

Survivors include her husband, John Delfausse; four children, Tara Maher and husband TJ, Shawn Delfausse and wife Meg, Megan Sutsko and husband Ron, and Christopher Delfausse and wife Laura; eleven grandchildren, Kylie, Verena, Leah, Cole, CJ, Kinsey, Coby, Granger, Oliver, Paxton, and Brynja; and two brothers, Bob Kinsey and Jim Kinsey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Lampe.

Karen was raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Easton, Pennsylvania. After attending Rider College in New Jersey, she was swept off her feet by a handsome Lafayette engineer. John and Karen were married on November 22, 1969, less than one year after they met. After the wedding, John left for officer candidate school and served in the U.S. Navy. They started their family in 1971 in Rockville Centere, New York and Karen dedicated herself to being a full-time homemaker for her busy family. Karen and John moved frequently while raising their four children and spent three years in England which Karen always said was one of the happiest times of her life. They settled for retirement in the community of Sun City, SC and enjoyed time at their beach house on Bald Head Island, NC.

Karen was a larger than life personality. She had a wicked sense of humor and strong sense of self. She communicated honestly and openly and wasn’t afraid to use a well-placed expletive when necessary. She engaged people by asking a lot of questions and making them feel seen and understood. She was insightful, moral, intelligent and wise. Her expert analysis and advice were sought after by many. She was a great hostess and lived for special events, parties, and vacations. Artistically gifted, she enjoyed crafting and interior design. Those privileged enough to have visited Karen in one of her 21 previous homes can attest to her talent in decor. She also enjoyed a juicy piece of gossip, a historical romance, or a British comedy. She was a PTA mom, Girl Scout leader, and member of quilting, crafting, and sewing groups, book clubs and bible study.

The great joys of Karen’s life were watching her children grow to achieve their dreams, seeing them all find happiness in marriage, and spending time with her eleven grandchildren. She showed love through her legendary cooking and baking, thoughtful gift giving, and by always being there to answer the call. She will be dearly missed by the family and friends she leaves behind, but her memory lives on through the legacy she created.

A celebration of life will be held at Quail Hollow Club at 3:00 pm, Sunday June 13, 2021. 3700 Gleneagles Road Charlotte, NC 28210. Guests are asked to wear Karen’s favorite colors: blue, pink, and purple.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Interstitial Cystitis Association at This is a condition that ailed Karen throughout her adult life.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


13 June

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Quail Hollow Club

3700 Gleneagles Road
Charlotte, NC


Karen Kinsey Delfausse

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Stephanie Mims

June 11, 2021

Chris and Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

The Mims Family from Austin, TX

Laure de Marcellus Lampe

June 9, 2021

What a tremendous loss. I loved her spark, her humor, her profound intelligence of life. I pray for her, and for all of you in this trial. I wish that you may find comfort in the tremendous love she gave you and those around her.
Big hugs from California