Kari Lynne Mayhew

September 21, 1975 - April 06, 2023


Obituary For Kari Lynne Mayhew

Karin Lynne Mayhew, 47, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away on April 6th, 2023. Kari was born on September 21st, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh and received a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Kari was a wonderfully warm and giving person, an amazing athlete and runner who excelled in triathlons, through which she made so many wonderful friends. She was a true wanderlust; she traveled to and spent time in many places in the world, but her favorite place was the island of St. John, USVI. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and journeyed often to see them both in Pittsburgh and at away games.

She is survived by her partner, Mike Peck of Dunstable, England (and their two dogs Geno and Blaze), her mother, Cheryl Redilla, her father Robert Redilla (Sue), her brothers Mark and Mike (Amy), her niece Julia and nephew Justin, all of Pittsburgh, and the many friends she made both in Raleigh and around the world.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 21st, 2023 at Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh, NC. All are welcome to gather and share memories beginning at 2:30pm, with a memorial of life held at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) or Saving Grace Animal Shelter in Raleigh, NC.


21 Apr

A Gathering of Friends and Family

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
21 Apr

Memorial Service

03:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
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  • April 21, 2023

    My deepest condolences to your family. Kari always made me feel like a part of the neighborhood, even though I was just the mail lady. I enjoyed our short conversations every time i saw you. You will be missed and May you rest in Paradise ❤ Amber

  • April 21, 2023

    Our deepest condolences to the entire family and Mike. We feel very sad, we appreciate meeting you, you are a wonderful woman, very brave, with a big and beautiful heart. We will miss you, we always carry you in our hearts. God has you in his glory. From Sandra and Gary

  • April 20, 2023

    I am happy to say that some of the best adventures of my life have included Kari. From hiking Machu Picchu with the beer donkeys, to climbing Mount Vesuvius, and cruising the Amalfi coast, Kari had the ability to achieve the impossible with a laugh and wonderful tale. Her adventurous spirit was to be admired and I will think of those great times with a smile. My deepest sympathy; may your happy memories give you peace. With Love, Jenny Jordan

  • April 14, 2023

    Dear Kari, The Atlantic prevented us from getting to know you as well as we would have liked, but what I do know is how happy you made my friend Mike and what a fabulous adventure you lived together. The bravery and courage you tackled illness with will always be in my thoughts and help bring perspective to what is important and what is not. Rest in peace beautiful girl, Jamie, Angela, Daniel and Megan xxx

  • April 12, 2023

    Totally devastated. Kari was an incredible human being. She was funny, incredibly smart and creative and an amazing foil for ideas. It's hard not to get overwhelmed with sadness as she leaves a huge hole in my life. Although we worked on different sides of the Atlantic, we got to meet in person a couple of times. She was a fantastic athlete and one one my fondest memories was taking her on my 'tourist' run of London, along the south bank and around the some royal parks. Kari quickly threw herself into one of my favourite past times (saying "good morning" to every runner we pass) and said big city running would never be the same for her again. Conversation and laughter were always easy. I still held out hope to make good on the talk we'd had about getting up into Snowdonia; but I guess I always knew it wouldn't happen as time marched on. I was fortunate enough that Kari let me know of her illness. We kept in touch after she went on sick leave. During this time she helped me to see even more beauty in the world and live with more gratitude. I remember her being so happy to have been able to get out for a run again after a bout of her treatment. I remember her celebrating passing a year since being diagnosed. The pleasure she found in a sunset, in a beach, in a forest. Kari was a hugely positive force and I will miss her dearly. Rest in peace my friend, I'm glad you're no longer suffering and I am so grateful for knowing you. 💔

  • April 12, 2023

    Mike, Blaze, Geno and Kari's family, Sending my deepest condolences for the loss of our beloved Kari. I consider myself one of the lucky ones who got to not only call her a co-worker but also a good friend. We bonded over our love of dogs, specifically rescue pups and laughed that we both had a Mike for our partners in life. We were each other's allies to get through tough meetings or planning at work - meetings would start and one of us would ping each other "Glad you're here ally". I am sure going to miss that but also incredibly grateful and will look back at those messages and smile and laugh <3. Thank you for sharing Kari with the world and letting me have just a small piece of her humor, brilliance, love for life and sincerity. Love, Ashley

  • April 11, 2023

    I tell the story of Kari running the Milton Keynes half marathon in place of my wife. Kari came second running as my wife.

  • April 11, 2023

    To Mike and Kari's family: This day in Raleigh NC, right after Easter I was informed about Kari's passing. The blue sky and beautiful weather hardly match the emotions I feel for someone so special to no longer be with us. But on another note, I recognize the beauty of today reminds me, just like Kari reminded me, to stay positive and believe in the comfort or what will be, will be. Working with Kari for 4 years was such a special part of my journey as a manager, friend, and person. Kari was so real. She could never hide her truth and always showed up with the right joke to make me belly laugh. And man she had a great laugh. I remember the day she told me about her diagnosis and shared with me the pain she felt and knew she would feel hurt with the ones closest to her seeing her different or weak. She was so real. And so strong. Through a year of checking in I appreciated when she did let me in to see how hard her journey was, but I know she carried so much strength in moving forward by doing whatever she could without burdening others. I feel her moving forward on her terms even this past week. I can only imagine the pain experienced by her family, and Mike for you. I will cherish so many incredible things I've learned from Kari and shared with her. Thank you for letting me share back how important she was to me. With love, Jenn

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