Mary Elizabeth Kohn, age 88, of Manassas, passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice Preston Kohn and two children: Wayne (1989) and Wendy (2017) Kohn. She is survived by her son, Wendell (Debbie) Kohn of Manassas; her daughter, Wanda (John) Green of Roderfield, WV; grandson Richard (Lori) Green of Coeur d’Alene, ID; grandson Robert (Amy) Green of Roderfield, WV; grandson Geoffrey (Julie) Kohn of Centreville, VA; grandsons Joshua and Zachary Kohn of Manassas, VA; granddaughter Janna (John) Shick of Butler, PA; granddaughter Julie Green of Roderfield, WV; 5 great-grandsons and 2 great-granddaughters: James, Micah, Laura and Lewis Green, Allison and Wyatt Shick, and Calvin Kohn; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.
Born April 16, 1929, in Albemarle County, VA, Mary was the daughter of the late Charlie James and Eula Mae Sandridge. The eldest of 8 children, she chose early to stay inside and care for her siblings while her parents worked the farm in Sugar Hollow. Married in 1946, she moved from White Hall to Manassas. There she raised four children, taught Sunday School, taught at Campmeeting and Bible School, sang in the choir and played piano. Over the years, she took many children and adults to church and often cooked for different families on Sundays.
She was a good cook and grew many fruits and vegetables. She planted a garden every year and she had cherry trees, peach trees, pear trees, mulberry trees and grape vines. She then canned or froze many foods: half-runner green beans, tomatoes, grape juice, apple butter, beets, and many kinds of pickles. Fall was her favorite season, followed by winter, sitting by the fire. She loved to play Scrabble and to do word search puzzles. She was a very good seamstress, often sewing matching clothes for her girls and her little sister. She spent countless hours by her husband’s side as an integral part of Kohn’s Upholstery.
She passed down her love of home grown foods, good cooking and canning to her children and grand-children. And she showed them how to make birthdays and every significant – or insignificant – national holiday very special. But more importantly, she left them a godly heritage by the consistent life she lived, her zeal for God and her soul-burden. She chose to get saved at an early age. In return, God rewarded her richly. Just days before her death, she contentedly said to her family, “I’ve had a good life.”
The Baker-Post Funeral Home will serve the Kohn family. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Church of God, 8823 Rixlew Lane, Manassas. The funeral service will be held at the church on Monday, March 12 at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor John Wilcoxon officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Highway, Manassas, where she will be laid to rest near her husband. Condolences may be left at www.bakerpostfh.com.