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37696Obit Margaret Koy Kistler Sealy News 2/29/08

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  • Steve
    Feb 29, 2008
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      A memorial service for Margaret Koy Kistler will be held at Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 24 N. Masonic in Bellville. Kistler, a Bellville native, who was recognized as the first female sportswriter in Texas , passed away Feb. 22.

      Margaret Koy Kistler was born Aug. 14, 1944 to Ernie and Jane Koy in Bellville. She graduated from Bellville High School in 1962, earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967, and a master's degree from Texas Tech University in 1975. On Dec. 25, 1971, she was united in marriage to Clay Kistler in St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bellville.

      Kistler began covering Bellville High School athletics for the Bellville Times at the age of 15. Her journalism career continued with The Daily Texan and The Abilene Reporter-News. She is credited with breaking the gender barrier of the press box, and has been honored and recognized as the first female sportswriter in the state of Texas .

      Following her stint in sports writing, Kistler served in the capitol bureau of the Dallas Morning News covering Texas government in 1969. The following session she joined the staff of Gus F. Mutscher, the speaker of the House of Representatives, as his press aid. She then worked at The Temple Daily Telegram as the Fort Hood bureau chief, covering the wind down of the Vietnam War.

      After receiving her master's from Texas Tech, Kistler moved to Denton where she joined the University of North Texas as the assistant director of the Texas County Inventory Project. In 1980, Kistler and her family moved and would spend the next 10 years overseas in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia and Mmabatho , South Africa before returning to the United States .

      One of Kistler's great passions was Bellville. She had always been active in the community, but never more than when she returned with her family in 1993 after an absence of 30 years. She returned to her roots writing for the Bellville Times from 1993-95, when she left to open The Kistler Company, LLC with her husband, Clay.



      She was an active member in the Bellville Brahma Booster Club and served as a board member. She was asked to assist with the Hall of Honor program and served as an ex-officio historian and later as president. Kistler was equally active in St. Mary's Episcopal Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married. She served as a vestry member, senior warden and foundation board member. Kistler was elected to the Bellville City Council in 2006. She had just completed her first term and had registered for re-election. She was currently serving as Mayor Pro-Tempore.

      She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Clay Kistler; son, Daniel Koy Kistler of Houston; mother, Jane Cameron Koy of Bellville; brothers, Ernie M. Koy and wife Barbara of Bellville and Dr. Ted Koy and wife Valerie of Georgetown; nephews and nieces, Robert Cameron Koy and wife Barbie of Houston and their son Wyatt, Lt. Andrew Bruen Koy of Annapolis, Md. and his children Buck and Catie, Jane Lucille Koy of Round Rock, Jess York Koy of Houston, Suzanne Koy Skaer and husband Jason of the Woodlands, and Caroline Koy Gorman and husband Scott of San Antonio and their daughters Abigail and Emily; and father-in-law, Al Kistler of San Antonio.

      A scholarship has been established with the Austin County University of Texas Ex-Students Association in her memory. Tributes and gifts may be made to the Margaret Koy Kistler Scholarship Fund, Austin County Texas Exes, Wells Fargo Bank, c/o Ernie Koy, 2 East Main St. , Bellville , TX 77418 .

      Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610 , 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville , TX 77418 .