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Linda Kolb

Linda Kay Kolb (Reeves)

Thursday, September 2nd, 1948 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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Obituary

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.

Online condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.com
Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.
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Posted at 09:31am
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Pam Cabot

Posted at 02:48pm
Dear Kolb and Reeves Families,
Sorry it took me so long to write this but even now I struggle to find the words. As you know Lin was revered by the tennis community for all of her talents - not only playing but organizing and bringing players together. She is sorely missed by our group that used to play in the summer in the mountains. I met Lin in 2018 at one of the tennis round robins she ran. I had moved to South Carolina only months earlier and was lucky enough to have a mutual tennis friend give her my name. She couldn't have been more welcoming and gracious, making sure I met everyone and was having fun. She had a way of bringing people together that I have never witnessed before or since. I was lucky enough to have lunch with her one day and that was when I discovered what an interesting conversationalist she was and what an amazing life she had led. I was looking forward to playing some golf with her this summer and then it was not to be. After she survived the health concerns of the prior year, I hoped she would be able to overcome this last challenge. We were all hoping her determination would pull her through. I feel like a light has gone out in the world. I can only imagine the devastating loss all of you feel. Please know that she was loved, appreciated and is greatly missed by many. I know she is at peace and is shining her light up in heaven. She was one of a kind.

Sincerely,

Pam Cabot
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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
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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.
Cheers!
MJ

Michael Johns

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