Jennifer Kristen Arey 52, of Asheville, passed away in her sleep on Monday, April 5, 2021. Kristen was born June 3, 1968 in a Naval Hospital in Millington, Tennessee to Steven R. Arey and Jennie Teague Arey. Kristen was raised in Salisbury, NC and a 1986 graduate with honors from Salisbury High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990; master's degree in Human Developmental Learning in Agency Counseling, Summa Cum Laude from UNC Charlotte in 1994; and an associate degree in Nursing from Asheville Buncombe Technical College in 1999. Kristen worked in the medical field as MDS Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Diabetes consultant. Kristen could light up a room with her beautiful smile and witty humor. Kristen's love of art and music made her dance anywhere she heard a great song. Her creativity was alive in every aspect of her personality which showed in numerous art pieces and awards. Her love of animals and gardening gave her joy and compassion. She loved her Tarheel basketball! She was a wonderful pet mom. But her greatest joy in life was being mom to her son, Sam. Her son was the light of her life. She loved to watch him draw, listen to him play his guitar, write, and sing his own songs and jam with the Rock Academy band on stage at The Orange Peel in Asheville. Left to cherish her memory is her loving son, Steven Arey McDonald (SAM); parents, Steven Arey (Mary) of Salisbury, Jennie Teague Arey of Candler; her sister, Jamie Arey Powell of Waynesville; her nephew, Evan Powell of Waynesville and many friends. We will all miss her beauty, grace, charm, passion, and compassion. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, June 16 at 11 a.m. in Salisbury at Rowan Memorial Park. Family and friends will gather at the home of Steven and Mary Arey after the service. In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209. Memorials will be used to support Kristen's only son, Sam McDonald's college expenses to Appalachian State University.
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Published by Salisbury Post on Jun. 13, 2021.