A photo of Karen Faith Dempsey

Karen Faith Dempsey

Born: 1/5/1962
Died: 5/26/2012

Karen Faith Dempsey, age 50, of New Castle, DE, died suddenly at her home. Karen suffered the ravages of trigeminal neuralgia which presented significant physical and psychological duress over the past decade.
Karen was born on January 5, 1962, in Wilmington and attended Newark High School. During her primary education she excelled in softball and successfully achieved the President’s Fitness Challenge. She had a toolbox at an early age and knew how to repair cars, motorcycles, and her home. Karen was fiercely independent and had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and adventure. She rode a motorcycle when most women did not. She completed auctioneering school in High Point, NC, and served as an auctioneer. She drove tractor trailers across the lower 48 states for over ten years, and then taught the vocation of truck driving from her home base in California.
Once Karen returned to Delaware, she earned an associate’s degree in safety management and a second in nursing from Delaware Technical & Community College. Karen previously worked as a registered nurse at Christiana Care. She also attended the University of Delaware studying journalism, where she wrote several articles for “The Review.” Karen had a love of poetry and produced a country music recording that she had written. Although she was a teetotaler, Karen was the life of the party who kept everyone entertained with her “true life” stories and witty humor. She loved to dance and sing. She was proud to have been a descendent of Patriot Jacob Moore who served in the 1777 skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge during the Revolutionary War. Karen was baptized at Ebenezer United Methodist Church and was a faithful Christian throughout her life.
Karen is survived by her parents, Sonia Blevins, and Gene and Irene Dempsey, all of Newark, DE. She is also survived by her sister, Kandie Dempsey; nephew and niece (Kandie’s children), Michael Price and Naomi Torbert; and great nephew (Kandie’s grandson), David Grenier; sister, Gena Dempsey; nephews (Gena’s sons), Derrick and Darren Dempsey; and a host of cousins and extended family members.
Services will be private. Karen will be interred next to her brother, Daniel Kerry Dempsey, who died in 1993.
The family requests that Karen’s memory be honored by adopting a pet from a rescue shelter, planting wildflowers, or by going for a motorcycle ride on a country road. Keep Karen in your prayers. Her memory will live on in each of us.


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