Kelly-Grier Ferguson Costin, of Boone, North Carolina, moved to the side of her maker on March 19, 2021 after a brave three-year journey with colon cancer.

Born on July 2, 1984, Kelly-Grier was raised in Suffolk, Virgina, while spending many summers at Nags Head with her friends and family. Baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, she remained a person of strong faith through her life until the end of her struggle. Attending Nansemond-Suffolk Academy from Kindergarten through graduation, she then moved on to East Carolina University where she proudly graduated with honors. While at ECU, she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, which laid the foundation for several close, lifelong friendships dear to her heart.

Upon graduation, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to seek a future in her love for apparel merchandizing. While living in Charlotte, she met her husband-to-be, Ryan. His family business carried them to the mountains where they resided in Boone, raising their family. Kelly-Grier loved Boone and Boone loved her back, developing many dependable and lasting relationships.

Kelly-Grier is survived by a loving husband, Ryan, and their three children Harper 10, James 5, and Finley 3. In addition, her dedicated parents, Nancy and Grier Ferguson; her brother, Brett and wife Heather (Courtney, Lindsey, Zachary, and Carter); and brother, Lex and his wife, Sandhya (Maya); Ryan’s parents, John Costin and Susan Shaughnessy Costin; Ryan’s siblings, Shawn Costin Williams, her husband Matt (Conner, Ben, Davis, and Jack), Casey Costin, Jack Costin and his wife Sarah Lee, and Kelly Costin. Missing her as well, her lifelong babysitter/nanny and later friend, Tracey Warren Sackett.

Kelly-Grier will be remembered for her indomitable will, contagious sense of humor, outright love of life, and a unique ability to make and hold close friendships, but, most of all, for her unwavering love and dedication to her family. She will be missed by many, but is now at peace in a better place after her courageous struggle.

A memorial service with placement of her ashes took place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Boone, North Carolina at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Cyndi Banks of St. Luke’s and the RT Reverend Keith Emerson of Saint Paul’s.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition at

“This world’s loss is the next world’s gain.”

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