Funeral services Aug. 10 for Katherine Archer Tyson
Katherine Archer Tyson, 93, died in her home in Salado Aug. 6. Services are under the direction of Sheffield Funeral Home and will be 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Salado Methodist Church. Reverend Travis Franklin and her step-grandson, Reverend Andrew K. Tyson will officiate.
A descendant of Texas political pioneers, she was born to Texas Court of Appeals Chief Justice, Roy C. Archer and Kate Cocke Archer in Austin, the oldest of four children. She graduated from Austin High School, The University of Texas, B.A., 1935 and M.A., 1936. She became one of the first women in Texas to earn a Masters in Geology. She was invaluable on her father’s campaign trail with her “Please vote for my daddy” speeches. Her first job was with Continental Oil in Houston where she met her future husband Alfred Knox Tyson. A fellow geologist, they traveled the world over studying geology. They married Feb. 6, 1939 in Austin.
She was an active member of the Salado Methodist Church, the Houston Garden Club, River Oaks Country Club, Texas EX’s, a charter member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church of Houston, the Dallas Garden Club, the D.A.R. and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a board member of the Retina Research Foundation.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband (1975), a brother, Branch T. Archer, step-son Brady Tyson, and a nephew, Mark Voegeli.
She is survived by her son Knox and his wife Betsy, her daughter Tracey and her husband John Davis, of Salado and Elizabeth Kinnison and her husband Lt. Commander Liam Kinnison of Norfolk, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dee Dee T. Hoak and her husband Hale and John K. Tyson all of Dallas; two great-grandsons, Henry and Alfred Hoak; also her step-daughter Harriet and her husband Bill Willcox; Harriet’s daughter Anne Voegele; all of Washington D.C.; and Brady’s children, Tim Tyson, Andrew Tyson, Janet Tyson-Sanchez; Janet’s children Cristina and Lorena of Tampico, Mexico, James Tyson, Ken Tyson, Tiago Tyson, and Debra Tyson; and her sisters Maude Ellis and her daughter Kathy Porter of Corpus Christy, Helen Brown and her daughter Katie Strohmayer of California.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Retina Research Foundation, 6560 Fannin St. #2200, Houston, TX 77030 or to the charity of choice.