Lauren Marie Kimsey, 39, of Mooresville, was born January 23, 1977 in Gastonia, NC to Robert Warren Kimsey and Pamela Hightower Kimsey. Graceful, determined Lauren, with her beautiful smile, was loved by people all around the Lake Norman community. Always ready to help, Lauren had a kindness and gentleness that came from the heart and a laugh that made everyone around her smile.
Lauren was the marketing director for Aquesta Bank and worked with many organizations, including the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, in both business and philanthropic areas. Lauren was a giver. She always wanted to help other people, whether it was through her many charitable aspirations or by supporting her family and friends in any way she could.
Lauren never let a friend be alone on a holiday and always invited them to join in on any festivities she had going on. Lauren was an avid participant in many community service organizations. 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 Rise Against Hunger food packing. She also volunteered for the Ada Jenkins Center and Big Day at the Lake, among others.
Lauren was also the PR director of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club. Here, not only was she a leader, but she also worked with the Christmas shoeboxes, 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 and awareness and fundraising events for breast cancer and sarcoma. Lauren was nominated for the Top Woman award in 2016, which honors women leaders in Lake Norman, Cabarrus County, and University City.
Tragically, we lost Lauren to her battle with sarcoma on September 10, 2016, only months shy of her 40th birthday. Lauren is survived by her loving family: parents, Warren and Pam of Gastonia; sister, Ashley Jacobs of Gastonia; 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; and 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.