Cathy L. Costley, 56 of Jacksonville Florida, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and our hero, passed away May 4th of 2020.
Daughter of Hardy and Annie Holt, she was born in Equality, Alabama on February 26th of 1964. Cathy grew up with her seven siblings in Titus, Alabama. After graduating high school, Cathy joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida where she met the love of her life Mark Costley. Cathy and Mark were married in 1986. This union gave them three beautiful daughters: Shemeaka, Jannis & Danielle. She was an incredible wife and mother who poured her heart into her family.
Cathy had an extensive background with the Office of the Attorney General for more than 20 years, serving in the Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Cybercrime Unit and most recently, the Division of Victim Services. She was among the first to volunteer her services when massive tragic incidents occurred within our state and around the country, including the Pulse Nightclub, the Las Vegas Nevada, and Jacksonville Landing mass casualty events. Services for crime victims are improved today because of Cathy’s forward thinking, and they will be better in the future due to the legacy that she leaves.
Even though she is no longer with us, the effects of Cathy’s warm spirit and magnetic personality will deeply resonate throughout many of the long lasting friendships she built. Cathy not only leaves with us wonderful memories to cherish, but she also leaves behind her loving husband Mark, her beautiful daughters, Shemeaka (Bryan) Carrejo, Jannis and Danielle Costley. Her grandchildren Jericho, Judah, Jethro and Jotham Carrejo. Her parents Hardy and Annie Ruth Holt. Her siblings Gloria Williams, Stanley Holt, Jerry Holt (Angela), Steven Holt (Nicole), Harvey Holt (Lawanda) Marcus Holt (Andrea). Her in-laws Denise Costley-Martin (Owen) and Christopher Costley (Johanna). Cathy also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins to celebrate her life. Cathy is predeceased by her loving sister Rita Holt. The viewing will be held on Monday, May 11th from 9:45am to 1pm at Fraser Funeral Home located at 8168 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221. Due to COVID-19 limitations, an official memorial service for Cathy will be held at a later date. Flowers will be received at the viewing. Donations can be made to the Her Song Anti-Trafficking organization in Cathy’s name online at www.hersongjax.org. For Kay – Cousin-in-law Mark and family, please accept our deepest for the loss of your dear wife! It is such a shock to all of us! Please know that our prayers are with you and family. May the soul of Cathy rest in peace! We love you! May 10, 2020 Cassandra Williams – Co-worker of Stanley Holt Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to the Costley and Holt family during this very difficult time. You’re in thoughts and prayers. Cassandra Williams May 8, 2020 Michael Dasinger – Colleague I was a colleague of Cathy’s at the Attorney General’s office. I was truly shocked and saddened by the news of her passing. Cathy was friendly, funny and forward thinking. Whether speaking to her in person, on the phone or through email her kindness and compassion was always evident. I remember a recent phone call about a project we were working on together. She started off by telling me how much she liked everything I had done, and then came the “but”. She had some suggestions. However, she presented them in such a pleasant and agreeable way that one couldn’t get upset. Being honest, I made the changes and it was better. Cathy was also forward thinking. She embraced technology and change. I learned much from her and will always value the wisdom I gained. One of my favorite Bible verses reads, “A good name is more desirable than great riches.” Cathy’s name is without a doubt held in high esteem by all who knew her. With Deepest Sympathy, Michael Dasinger May 8, 2020 Jo Boyett – Long time friend There are no words to express my heart-felt to you all. Cathy was such a wonderful person, and a dear friend. Please know that love and care comes from my family to all of you! May 8, 2020 Virginia Caswell – Former Co-Worker To Cathy’s family, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to hear of her passing. Even though it’s been years since I’ve worked with her, I still reached out by email and phone. She was always such a lovely person to work with and was always full of joy. And, she loved her husband and her babies, no matter what age! Please accept my deepest and prayers at this time. God Bless you all. May 8, 2020 Robert M. Taylor – Cousin It is with deep heart felt sorrow to hear the passing of Cathy. To my cousin Mark and your family we are praying for you all. With the love of our heavenly father may He bring you all comfort and peace. And with His hand guide you into His compassion and grace. We love you all. May 8, 2020 Evade, &Ransford Taylor, Aunt Gem & Uncle Ranny – Aunt & Uncle Deat Mark, Shameka, Jannis & Danielle As we live in the here and now, the loss of your beloved Wife and mother reminds of the uncertainty of the future. Our prayer are for you as you mourn her loss. May your hearts be conforted knowing that we are supporting you with our prayers. Love and Divine comfort always. Aunt Gem and Uncle Ranny May 8, 2020 Sherry Cote – Friendmay you May you fly high the angels although I have seen you in years you were S good friend you will be missed but your sprit will always be here watching over your family May 8, 2020 Paula Cole – Cousin in Law He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22 Cathy was a precious gift to Mark for 34 years. Mark truly found a good thing. Cathy was kind, funny, and a real joy to be around. I met Cathy and the girls on a family reunion cruise to the Bahamas. We all had so much fun. I will always cherish that memory. Sleep on dear Cathy until we meet again on that great cruise ship in heaven. May 8, 2020
Rebekah – Family Friend So sorry to hear about loosing this amazing women. I have heard some stories of her life and can tell she was very well loved. We are praying for comfort and peace for her family! God Bless you all May 7, 2020
Visitation Details Fraser Funeral Home 8168 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32221
Monday, May 11, 2020 9:45 AM – 1:00 PM Service Details Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, Florida 32218
Monday, May 11, 2020 2:30 PM