Isabella S. Kerns, 99, construction company officer

April 06, 2006

Isabella S. Kerns, a homemaker and former construction company officer, died of pneumonia Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 99.

She was born Isabella Staub in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. She graduated from Western High School in 1924, and six years later married Dr. Richard Cromwell Parks, a Baltimore dentist, who died in 1936.

During World War II, she was a driver for the American Red Cross motor corps in Baltimore.

In 1937, she married William Kenton Cogswell, a co-owner of Cogswell Construction Co. She was secretary and vice president of the company from the 1970 until 1985. Mr. Cogswell died in 1982.

Her third husband, John Seeger Kerns Sr., whom she married in 1984, was vice president of American Bank Stationery Co. He died in 2000.

The former longtime Green Spring Valley resident had lived at Roland Park Place since 1986.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Kerns had been a member of the Green Spring Valley Garden Club. She also liked to golf and enjoyed the sport until she was in her 80s.

She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Thomas Johnson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Kerns was a member for 50 years of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today.

Surviving are a stepson, John Seeger Kerns Jr. of Timonium; three step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-granddaughter.

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