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Karyn M. Crawford

Karyn M. Crawford, age 54, of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, died on July 3, 2024, after a lengthy struggle with a severe illness.

She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Harry and Ethel Smith. She was a 1988 graduate of Interboro High School in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania. For over 25 years she worked in kitchen design and cabinetry sales, becoming a prolific designer.  In 2021, she opened her own small firm, Crawford Kitchens. She forged close relationships with clients, contractors, and vendors all around the Philadelphia suburbs. She took immense pride in her independence and success in starting Crawford Kitchens and having her own showroom.

Karyn was always up for a good adventure! In the last few years, she enjoyed traveling to warmer climates and visiting nice resorts with her dear and loyal friends, Kathleen Sullivan and Kelly Kindregan. They even took a trip to the shore in May. Karyn’s family is extremely grateful for Kathleen and Kelly’s friendship with Karyn.

Just like her father, she had a great love of animals.  She was known for her willingness to adopt litters of kittens from the neighborhood and get them rehomed.

She was predeceased by her father Harry Smith.  She is survived by her mother, Ethel Smith of Wilmington, DE; her son, Rev. Bryan Kerns, O.S.A. of Andover, MA; her sisters Nancy Lynn of Bear, DE, Diane Smith (Maureen Faulkner) of Smyrna, DE and Carol Shannon of Blue Ridge, GA; her brother Harry Smith (Marta) of Orange Park, FL; and her nephew Alex Lynn (Liz Coen) of Ridley Park, PA; as well as extended family.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2024, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Wilmington Elks Lodge #307 located at 1310 Carruthers Lane, Wilmington, DE 19803.  A calling hour will be held from 11 am to 12 pm to be immediately followed by a luncheon on premises.

In place of sending flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the feline rescue center that helped re-home Karyn’s beloved cats. Donations can be sent to Pawsitive Hearts Pet Therapy and Rescue at 3815 Grant Street, Reading, PA 19606, or made online at

Funeral Services

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2024, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Wilmington Elks Lodge #307 located at 1310 Carruthers Lane, Wilmington, DE 19803.  A calling hour will be held from 11 am to 12 pm to be immediately followed by a luncheon on premises.


    Steve lit a candle and writes,
    Rest In Peace Karyn. Gone way too soon. We will miss your unique cheer and good times hanging out and talking. You will be missed .
    07/09/2024 04:34 pm
    Margie Crawford lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bryan, Ethel, Diane, and Nancy, I’m so saddened by the loss of Karyn. She was an important part of my life and I’ll miss her calls, her texts, and her beautiful smile. Karyn brought Bryan into my heart and our family and for that I will always be grateful. I’m in awe of the wonderful love and care you gave her during her illness and I pray that you find peace knowing that you gave her such love. Sending love to all of you. Margie Crawford
    07/09/2024 05:10 pm
    Janet Hawkins lit a candle and writes,
    I am still in shock and heartbroken💔 We have been friends for 49 years. Went all through school together. Summers at the pool and winter at the Hollow. Had a lot of 1st together. Concerts, trips and to many adventures to count. We got married, had kids, divorced and we lived our single lives still as friends. We visited as often as we could. I’d come to PA or you’d come to NC. She was wanting us to start doing excretion trips together. Life just won’t be the same without you!!! You asked me not to forget about you and I never could because you are in my memories and always in my heart Rest in peace my dear friend 😇. I Love You ❤️ Give Charlotte a kiss for me 🐶
    07/09/2024 06:16 pm
    FOP Lodge#10, Probation and Parole writes,
    Diane, Maureen and family- The women and men of FOP Lodge#10, Delaware Probation and Parole send our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved sister, Karyn. There are no words. Only Love. The love Karyn has for all of you and the love you will always have for her. During this season of grief, may you find some comfort in time spent together and the memories formed by a life filled with love and beauty. Her legacy of creativity and service to others will be remembered this day and always. In sympathy, Delaware Fraternal Order of Police Lodge#10
    07/09/2024 06:18 pm
    Libby lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bryan, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. So sincerely, Libby
    07/09/2024 09:44 pm
    Dean B Jones lit a candle and writes,
    Karyn.. Still can't believe this, that you are not here in this World.. One of the first, kids meeting in school.. 1976..can't remember what you said..but made me shoot milk out my nose..knew there and then..made a friend for life..shes special kinda gal..and what.. 49 yrs later.. You will always be in my memories.. your smile, personality, most of all.. that amazing heart you were blessed with.. that brought everyone and anyone who were blessed to know or met you.. a smile and warmth, because of you. You are truly going to be missed, here.. and forever be remembered in my memories growing up.. Rest easy my friend.. I can only pray.. we meet again in another lifetime.. It was an honor and privilege, beyond a blessing to have met and known you.. Rest In Peace
    07/10/2024 06:52 am
    Jennifer Arellano writes,
    So sorry to hear. My condolences ❤️🙏
    07/11/2024 07:28 pm

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