Isabell Loughmiller


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Isabell Loughmiller Eisler

Apr 26 1920 - Nov 10 2007

Isabell Loughmiller Eisler, age 87 of Allen, Texas, went to be with the Lord November 10, 2007, after suffering a stroke. She was the co-owner of Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store. She was born in Denison, Texas, the second of seven children born to Samuel Houston Loughmiller and Clara Ellen Clement Loughmiller. Her father Sam, a statistician for the MKT Railroad, moved the family to Parsons, Kansas in 1925, where Isabell grew up. Isabell was a creative prodigy, with strong talents in writing and design, as well as something of a trailblazer for career-oriented women. While attending Labette County Community College (in Parsons), she became the editor for the school newspaper. At the same time she also wrote articles for the local town paper (the Parsons Sun). She eventually joined their advertising sales team, becoming the first female the Sun ever hired for that position. Early in the 1940s, she moved to Goosecreek, Texas (now part of Baytown) where she designed and sold display advertising for the local paper, as well as selling advertising for the local radio station. She later became the first female advertising salesperson hired by the Houston Chronicle, in Houston, Texas. It was at the Houston Chronicle that she met her future husband, Joseph Elias Eisler. They were married in March 1950 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Houston. She left her career after the birth of her first child, Andrew, and became a homemaker, following her husband faithfully, wherever his career took them; from Houston, to Chicago, Illinois, and then to Austin Texas, and then back to the Chicago area again. When her children were mostly grown, she returned to the field of newspaper advertising, taking a position with Pioneer Press in the Chicago area, a division of Time/Life News Corporation. She later became Advertising Director for the Austenite Newspaper in Chicago. In 1973 she joined her husband in the formation of Joseph Eisler & Associates (JE&A), a successful sales representation organization specializing in the marketing and sales of endoscopic surgical technologies. They relocated in 1973 back to Parsons, Kansas. In 1974, she and her husband acquired an old-time general store, on Historic Rte.-66, (now known as Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store) located in Riverton, Kansas. They eventually moved to Allen, Texas in 1977, where she lived until her death. While in Allen, she was an active member of the Allen Toastmasters Society, winning many awards, until her first stroke in 2003. Isabell is survived by her husband, Joseph Elias Eisler; sons, Kevin Andrew (Andy) Eisler and wife Kathy of Plano, Texas, and James Owen Eisler and wife Joyce of Sugar Land, Texas; sisters Algene Hackett of Apple Valley, California, June (Cissy) Nelson of Riverton, Kansas, and Clara (Patty) Jordan of Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Kay Sandra Ranjabar of Indianapolis, Indiana. Isabell was preceded in death by her brothers Owen and Sam H. Loughmiller, Jr., and her parents. Funeral services will be at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, in McKinney, Texas (972-562-2601). Visitation will be 7-9 pm, Thurs. Nov 15; services will be held 12:00 noon on Friday Nov. 16, 2007.
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