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Kohn obit Web

Marilyn Jane Porter Kohn was born on January 26, 1932 in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was the wife of deceased Vice Admiral Edwin (Rudy) Kohn and the daughter of deceased Arvilla Mansfield Porter and Raymond Toll Porter of Fairfield, Connecticut.

In 1946, while in her freshman year at Roger Ludlow High School in Fairfield, Connecticut, she not only earned a spot on the “Boys” tennis team but outperformed all her teammates and took the number 1 spot. She never lost a match. However, once the tennis year was over, an administrator in the Connecticut Education Department learned that a girl was playing on a boys’ tennis team, he declared Marilyn ineligible to be a member of the team. However, she earned her “F” in tennis, field hockey, basketball and softball.

Marilyn was a graduate of Penn State University and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity. She met her husband at the university and they enjoyed four years as college sweethearts before marrying and starting a 38-year Navy career together. She was a Navy wife and he was a naval aviator. They were married 56 years.

Marilyn enjoyed tennis and golf at the Camden Country Club, lunches and dinners at Springdale Hall Club, her Third Thursday Book Club, the Camden Poet Society, the Camden Garden Club, the Friday Dicey Creek Painters gatherings and her volunteer activities.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Jennifer Kohn of Newport, RI; Peter Kohn (Lynda) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Tom Kohn (Ames) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; and Edwin Kohn (Maureen) of Camden. Both she and her husband were so grateful to have children and grandchildren nearby.

Many photo albums show the children and grandchildren enjoying happy times at Marilyn and Rudy’s home in Camden.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Marilyn Jane Porter Kohn, 86, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Rev. John Hallman will officiate. For memorial contributions, please consider Bethesda Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.

There will be a private burial and family gathering at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC at a later date.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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