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Posted 2019-08-23T20:22:00Z

Kari Tippens Obituary 3/4/76 - 8/22/19

Kari Tippens Obituary. 3/4/76 - 8/22/19

The self-appointed Countess Kari L. Tippens of James Island, age 43, passed away peacefully on her own terms in her home surrounded by loved ones just before 10 a.m. August 22, 2019. She spent over a year and four months kicking stomach cancer in the ass until she decided to let LOVE win the fight. She spent over a year and four months fighting stomach cancer and then she let LOVE win.

Kari was born in Lincoln, NE on March 4, 1976. She remained in Lincoln where she received an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska. Upon graduation Kari decided that she would never, ever shovel snow ever again and moved to Knoxville, TN. Soon after she moved to Memphis where she lived for eight years and met her future husband Adrian Tippens originally of Natchez, MS.

After a four-month storybook romance they married in Certaldo, Italy. They decided that roots would best be laid down in Charleston, SC. In Spring of 2007 they sold their homes, packed and moved to James Island. Kari received her master’s degree from the Citadel in 2014, worked at the Citadel, The College of Charleston and finally at MUSC Hospital, and was co-owner of Café Tippeneaux of the Charleston Farmer’s Market from 2008-16.

While none of the above means anything in the big scheme of things, what does matter is that Kari did not settle for merely existing. She lived. She lived her life to the fullest and squeezed every bit of life and adventure out of each moment. She never settled. And she kicked ass. She is remembered for such. Love Wins. Hers is a legacy of love and a life well lived. She is an inspiration on how the cards should be played.

Kari is survived by her parents Curtis and Beverly Smith of Gallatin, TN, her sisters Kristen Smith of Franklin, TN and Kelly Bell of Hendersonville, TN, and her husband Adrian L. Tippens and son Bouden S. Tippens of James Island.

In lieu of flowers we ask that you save the thoughts & gifts for now. We are working on getting things together to have a bench set up in her name at her favorite park down the street. Once I have that information I will post where you can donate to that cause. Thank you all for the LOVE. It is LOVE that wins in the end. Not bitterness toward why or how.  A true inspiration...

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Comments (13)

  • Karl Smith
    Karl Smith

    Kari We miss you so much already however we thank you for and promise to listen to your message and example of love and pay it forward not only in the world at large but also as a guide to our own fulfillment and happiness. Love Wins!!!!!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • karen salem
    karen salem

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful description of such a wonderful woman, LOVED by so many! Lots of love and prayers for Adrian, Bouden and family ❤️

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kristin Fonseca
    Kristin Fonseca

    So beautiful. Yes, love wins.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Renee Lanneau
    Renee Lanneau

    Thank you for posting this wonderful description of Kari and how she embraced life, it is beautiful. Sending love and prayers to Adrian, Bouden, and all family and friends who love her.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Tris Rockwell
    Tris Rockwell

    There are rare people in the world, that through their daily existence, send out a ripple effect that touch so many in a positive way. In that respect, Kari will exist in perpetuity. The comment that she let love win is truly inspirational. She is not really gone, but in a different plane where she can look down on all that loved her so deeply, and have no regrets. As she entered Heaven's gates, I'm sure she heard the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." No one could ask for more. God's blessings to all of you.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Rebecca Nassif
    Rebecca Nassif

    I grieve for her family and friends left behind but am grateful that she is at peace. My sincerest condolences to all who loved her. May her memory be eternal!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Arthur Ellis
    Arthur Ellis

    I will appreciate and treasure the fun moments we shared as colleagues. Thank you Adrian for this wonderful tribute. Fondness and love. ACE

    one year ago · Reply
  • Stacy Henderson
    Stacy Henderson

    I only knew Kari for a brief moment but came to know what a joyful person she was. I had the pleasure of watching her little dog Hopper while she was in Texas for her surgery. She will surely be missed. I pray for her family and friends for the Peace only He can extend.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Roberta Raworth
    Roberta Raworth

    Thanks so much for exemplifying and teaching those that follow how to move further “into Love” with such grace and dignity! Sending many blessings and much ❤️ to you and yours!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Eric Betzhold
    Eric Betzhold

    Such an awesome tribute. Kari kicked serious ass!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Susan Walker
    Susan Walker

    Such a beautiful life, and a true inspiration.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Ginny

    Beautiful - Love does win the greatest gift you can give. I will keep Adrian and Bouden and Kari's family in my prayers.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Brian Ellis
    Brian Ellis

    I am broken hearted to read this. There was a simple line in the back of the CITADEL alumni magazine and zero mention of her having worked there. I was so upset when I went online and saw it was the same Kari I knew. She was a godsend helping me when I enrolled there as I was one of the first out of state students when the campus went worldwide. I flew in specifically to square everything away and she was so nice and helpful. It was a blessing to have even had that little acquaintance with her.

    10 months ago · Reply