Gracia J. High

June 16, 1977 – May 1, 2019

Gracia J. High, 41, of Matthews, NC, was born on the 16th of June, 1977 at the Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota to George and Julia High.  She began school in Larimore, ND and completed all courses for graduation in 1995.

She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 16.  Although, a disease that causes much disability, she persevered.  Gracia graduated from Mayville State University in 2000 and continued her education with a Masters Degree in Special Education in 2004 from the University of North Dakota.  She worked at several positions in Grand Forks and later in Minnesota coaching young kids and adults to become self-sufficient.  Gracia loved her work and was very dedicated to her students.

She moved to North Carolina in June of 2015 and continued to tutor young kids at Queens Grant in Mint Hill, NC until her death.  She was a member of Saron Missionary Baptist Church in Polkton, NC.

On the 1st of May 2019 at 3:00 PM, Gracia gained her wings and went to be with the Lord.  She touched the lives of many people and always with a smile.

Gracia leaves to cherish her memories by her mother, Julia, and father, and stepmother: George and Ardis; her sister, Kendra; nieces: Olivia and Jillian and her four-legged kids, Hudson and Toby.  Gracia also leaves a host of friends that she called family.  She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, a maternal great grandmother and an uncle.

The High family will greet friends from 6:00 PM until 6:30, Monday, the 6th of May 2019 in the Historic Morehead Street Chapel of Ellington Funeral Services.  A service will begin at 6:30 PM.

The family will also greet friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May the 7th 2019 at Saron Missionary Baptist Church, 2285 Winfield Road, Polkton, NC  28135.  A Home Going Celebration will be held at 2:00 PM Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, 121 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801, Lupus Foundation of America, 4530 Park Road #302, Charlotte, NC  28209 or the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Ste 100, Charlotte, NC  28207.

Notes of encouragement or condolences may be left for the family by leaving a comment below.

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Shirl hofland

1 year ago

Gracie was a very special.young lady who had a smile that just made u feel so.loved when she was around. Her positive attitude runned off on you. Gracie is going to be so missed I am so sorry to hear of her passing .. Julia and kendra may God hold u in his arms and comfort u both.

DiAnna Thingelstad

1 year ago

Dear Julia and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Losing a child, no matter their age, is devastating!! Please know you will be in my prayers for strength and comfort. Lean on each other, God, and all your good memories to help you get through the days ahead.
Love and Prayers,
DiAnna Thingelstad

E. Bennett

1 year ago

To the family of the deceased: Please accept my sincere condolences. It breaks our hearts when death separates us from our loved one’s especially when they leave us so young. My comforting words comes from the bible that soon and very soon the life that is lost will soon return to an earthly life. At John 5:28-29. Isaiah 26:19 speaks of a resurrection back to human life. Revelation 21:3-5 promises that there will an elimination of sorrow, pain and death .Please be assured that these promises comes from our creator who cannot lie. May the promises of a resurrection comfort you during this difficult time..

Ellen Weiant

1 year ago

I worked with Garcia. She was such an inspiration because she persevered and always had a smile on her face. She took a lot of job in being with and teaching her students.

She will be missed at Queen’s Grant Community.

My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

In Christ,

Ellen Weiant


1 year ago

May your Family find comfort in the words of Jesus our Lord at John 5:28,29, which speaks of a future promise he has made, that he will resurrect Our loved ones back to life again and giving them the opportunity to live forever, where no one will ever have to say goodbye to their loved one again for they will be able to live forever on a peaceful earth. To see more of what the Bible says about this wonderful promise, please visit Please accept our condolences in your loss.

G Huckeba

1 year ago

I am so sorry for your loss. May the ‘God of all comfort’ be with you during this difficult time. I have personally found comfort in the promise at 1 Corinthians 15:26 where it states that very soon ‘death will be brought to nothing’. Then, we have the prospect of being reunited with our loved ones right here on Earth (John 5:28,29). I truly hope this brings you comfort and peace. With deepest sympathies, Gwen and family.


1 year ago

To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Gracia has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God’s Kingdom will do this under the rule of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29, Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4 Go To: JW.ORG


1 year ago

Heartfelt condolences. May you find solace knowing Jehovah God promises to swallow up death forever and soon end all our suffering. (Rev. 21:3-5; Isa. 25:8) Peace to you during this difficult time. Respectfully,

Fritz Alfred Jr.

1 year ago

I am truly sorry for your loss at this time. For the few times I met Gracia through her sister Kendra, she always had a smile that would greet me. In times like these, I always turn to scripture. Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he shall direct thy paths. My condolences again. In His hands, not ours….


1 year ago

The loving future hope from God does comfort and slowly heals painful hearts. Psalms 55:22

Stephanie Reynolds

1 year ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29. There Jesus promised a resurrection of our loved ones who have passed away. This beautiful hope can sustain us during times of grief. Please accept my condolences.


1 year ago

Dear Family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. My sincere condolences to you. May you think of the many beautiful memories that you shared with Gracia, and cherish those precious moments. May the God of all comfort caress your heart with his living promise to one day reunite you together again, in the future paradise mentioned at Revelation 21:4,5. Our Dear Heavenly Father Jehovah(Psalms 83:18) knows the many tears you cry, and He will sustain you , if you let him. I was thinking of you and hoping that you can find comfort during this difficult time. If later you would like to learn more from the bible about why we die or why does our loving Heavenly Father allow so much suffering and injustice. Please feel free to go to the website: to find satisfying answers.

The Rivers Family

1 year ago

Our sincere condolences to the family. When our loved ones fall asleep in death, words alone cannot ease the pain of our loss. The Bible helps us to deal with our grief (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). We can also find hope from Jesus words at John 5:28, 29 “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” I hope these scriptures bring comfort and calmness of heart to you during the difficult days ahead. To learn more about this promise please visit our website: and view the comforting video; What is the Condition of the Dead?

Joan Brown

1 year ago

My condolence to the family for the loss of your loved one, Gracia, and may you find hope and comfort in these future scriptural promises to mankind from Almighty God (Exodus 6:3) through His written word, the Bible, who in His own appointed time, here on the earth will do away with everything that’s causing us pain, suffering and sorrow. Job 14:14,15. John 5:28,29. Revelation 21:4,5.


1 year ago

My sincere condolences to the family High for the lost of your beloved Gracia, that our God Jehovah brings peace and comfort to your lives during this time of sadness. Psalms 46:1, my thoughts are with the family.

Keith Paulson

12 months ago

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that these scriptures at Job14:14,15 and Revelation 21:4 will provide some comfort for the family and friends.

Dan Lawrence

11 months ago

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Times like these make it so difficult to understand life and it’s meaning- and sometimes we do not know where we can turn got real comfort.  I have  personally experienced this on many occasions .  I have found my greatest comfort in knowing that this is not the way it is supposed to be- and that God will soon  wipe away our tears and eliminate death once and for all. . ( Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Rev 21:3,4)


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