Lynn Koven, longtime city employee, dies

Lynn Carter Koven, a City Hall veteran who became a familiar face to many Rock Hillians over the past three decades, died Tuesday morning at her home.

She was 55.

Koven worked for the city for most of the past 36 years, serving in various roles with several departments. Most recently, she worked as a supervisor in Housing & Neighborhood Services.

"Lynn found a way into all of our hearts," said director Ray Koterba. "Half this community knew and loved her -- the other half just didn't get the chance."

In previous years, Koven worked for the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department under Director Ed Thompson and also worked under former Public Works Director Jim Villano.

Whatever her role, Koven was a regular at civic events such as Main Street Live!, ChristmasVille and many of the city's holiday festivals.

"She was the most positive person I've ever met," Villano said. "When people get together, they kind of complain about everybody. She would always find the good part of that person. She always found something positive."

Koven kept a list of 100 things she wanted to do in life, and accomplished many of them, from hearing her favorite musicians to traveling to Italy. She is survived by her husband, Gary. On Monday afternoon, Koven attended the Bill Clinton event in downtown Rock Hill.

"The city of Rock Hill has lost a longtime employee and valued friend," said City Manager Carey Smith.

Friends and colleagues will gather at Fewell Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. to remember Koven.