Nacogdoches parks & rec director dies

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Kathy Joslyn, the longtime director of parks, recreation and cemetery for the City of Nacogdoches has died.

Co-workers of Joslyn, 62, found her Monday morning after checking her home because she did not appear at work. Joslyn's husband had been at the family farm since Sunday. He said she was wearing the same clothes Sunday that her co-workers found her wearing on Monday, indicating she could have been in distress overnight. No foul play is suspected.

Joslyn had last been working on establishing a water park for the city. She was also instrumental in overseeing miles of trails along Lanana and Banita creeks.

She is most appreciated by co-workers for her leadership during natural disasters, when the recreation center was used for sheltering evacuees.

"She was always on the ball and no matter what maintained a positive attitude and that's what was so cool about her," Nacogdoches Police spokesman Sgt. Greg Sowell said. "Everyone is shocked. She was the healthy one. We would never suspect anything could happen to her."

It is not clear if a fall or health condition caused the injuries.

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