Linda Kolb

Linda Kay Kolb (Reeves)

Thursday, September 2nd, 1948 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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Lin Kolb, age 71 of Brevard, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2020, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC surrounded by her three devoted men: Ken (husband of 48 years), Erik (son), and Bryan (son). Ken was in the ICU holding Lin’s hand when she passed; Erik and Bryan were virtually present through video chat. Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to share Lin’s last few hours. She didn’t have the strength to open her eyes, but we believe that she was able to hear us and to feel our love.

Before her death, Lin wrote in her journal that although people, trees, and grass die, love never dies. She left this earth with the same quiet dignity, grace, and assertiveness with which she lived her life. For decades, Lin endured and conquered numerous health challenges. She faced each setback with a tremendous fighting spirit and lust for life, always eager to get back on the tennis court, play a round of golf, and spend time with the many people she loved and who loved her back so dearly.

Born in Davenport, IA and a graduate of Beloit College, Temple University, and the University of Maryland, Lin viewed life as an adventure. For three decades, the Kolb family lived and traveled internationally as American diplomats, and the love of seeing new places and learning new things permeated Lin’s spirit. She was deeply involved with athletics throughout her life, playing competitive tennis, golf, and (more recently) pickleball as well as serving as an administrator for several tennis facilities and organizations. An unrepentant optimist at heart, she wrote in her journal that life is like hiking a mountain trail: most of the time, we’re just walking the ridgeline, but occasionally an unexpected peak appears and blocks our path forward. She said that one has two choices: either stand at the bottom of that mountain in defeat, or climb. No matter what the outcome, Lin chose to climb.

In addition to her husband and sons, Lin leaves behind brother Gary (Mary) of Pittsford, NY, sister-in-law Carol (Ken) of Aurora, IL, and brother-in-law Michael (Christine) of Highland Park, IL. Along with family members, she also leaves behind hundreds of loving friends locally in her adopted home of western North Carolina, in other parts of the U.S., and around the globe. A celebration of Lin’s life will be postponed until such time as the public health situation is more appropriate for large gatherings.

In lieu of flowers, Lin requested that memorial contributions be made in her name to either the North Carolina Tennis Foundation (NCTF) or the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation (SCTPF) to support one of the many causes about which she was passionate, namely using tennis and education to enhance people’s lives through grants, scholarships, and other charitable work.

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Virginia Hitchcock

Posted at 10:41pm
We are devastated and simply can’t imagine a world without Lin’s light and energy.

I remember meeting this tall, gorgeous goddess with long, blond, wavy hair way back when Ken and my ex were in graduate school at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. She was an "unrepentant optimist' even way back then. What a perfect description.

We simply can't imagine what you have been going through for the past month and are feeling now. And not to be able to have the in-person comfort of your many friends in Brevard makes it even worse.

Thank goodness Erik had been there with you and Bryan was able to make it back from Malaysia to say goodbye. May you three comfort and find strength in each other and the love of your so many friends in so many places.

Much love and virtual hug, Ginny, Bill, and Max Hitchcock

Jeff Andersen

Posted at 04:58pm
Ken, Family and Lin Friends:

I am thinking about you at this time and wanted to let you know that playing with Lin and knowing her just made my day that much better. She was always with a kind word for all and her smile was a bright spot in the day. I feel privileged to have known her for the short time I did and the recipient of her many smiles and good thoughts.
Prayers and Peace to Ken, Family and Friends.

Michael Johns

Posted at 01:13pm
With heartfelt condolences, The Johns Group
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Wyn Birkenthal

Posted at 02:01pm
My condolences to Lin’s husband Ken. I first met Lin at a Brevard College football game in September of last year. She was vibrant, engaging, athletic in an almost electric way. It is difficult to imagine Lin won’t be in the grandstand this upcoming season. I know she will be dearly missed by her family and the great number of friends Lin made through her tennis, golf , hiking
and community activities.
Wyn Birkenthal

Tom Hafer

Posted at 11:15am
Lin was a good friend and a good person. I have many fond memories. We will all miss her.

Tom Hafer

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