Mimi and her daughters (from left to right): Jana, Jenni, Juli and Jodi at Juli's wedding (Oct. 9th, 2004)
Mary Beth Gamble Kistler
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 16, 1941
  • Place of birth:
    Belleville, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 24, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Reno, Nevada, United States
Let the memory of Mary Beth be with us forever

This memorial website was created in fond memory of our beloved, Mary Beth (Mimi) Kistler, 74, born on February 16, 1941 and passed away on September 24, 2015.

Mary graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1958. Following high school, Mary attended Belleville Junior College (now Southwesten Illinois College) and the Hickey School of Business in St. Louis, MO. She began her secretarial career in June of 1960 in Chicago, IL and later worked as a flight attendant for America West Airlines. She was a very outgoing, spirited individual, and a stranger to no one. Her every day was dedicated to being a loving wife, wonderful mother and grandmother, a devoted sister, endearing aunt and cousin, and a warm and caring friend. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She was proceeded in death by her husbands Guy Wilbur Kistler and Charles Schiele, her mother and father Gertrude VanEizenga Gamble and George Gamble, and her siblings, Georgellen Marshall, Donald L.Gamble and Richard E. Gamble, and her niece Dr. Sandee Abbott.

She leaves behind four daughters and their families: daughter Jodi Smith McNamara and husband Dennis McNamara, with grandchildren Alistaire and Riley McNamara; daughter Jana Smith Smoley and husband Nye Smoley, with grandchildren Jake and Nick Smoley; daughter Jennifer Kistler Morgan and husband Mike Morgan, with grandchildren Anthony, Jordyn and Austin Morgan; and daughter Juli Kistler Petronzi and husband Jason Petronzi.

She also leaves behind a niece, Randee Marshall Rittmeyer, and husband Stan Rittmeyer, with their children Amy and Jeff Rittmeyer; nephews Charles Marshall, Richard Gamble and Donald Gamble; grandnieces Remi Abbott Ratliff and her husband Shannon Ratliff, with their children Caroline, Harrison and Amanda Abbott with her daughter Grace Abbott Thompson; and four stepchildren, Guy, Scott, Susan and Candace Kistler as well as their families. She is survived by her former husband Ed Smith and fondly remembered by his wife Susan Morris Smith and their children, Andrew Smith and Rebecca Smith Masterson and her son Xia Masterson.  She is also warmly remembered by her best friend, Jeanette Miles.  We will remember her always and forever.

A private ceremony will be held for immediate family members. However, we recognize Mary Beth as a woman of many friends in many places and we warmly welcome you to remember her here. Help us to celebrate her life in sharing the thoughts, memories and photographs of those she touched, and to memorialize her for future generations. 

We will truly appreciate and cherish your Mimi moments. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by jeanette Miles on 17th February 2016

"Hello to all of Mary Beth's family. Just want you to know I was remembering Mary Beth on her birthday yesterday. She will always have a special place I my heart. She actually loaned  me a sweater to have my class picture taken and  never forgot how much fun it was trying on her clothes and picking out what we thought was the best sweater. Mary was well endowed and I was flat as a pancake so you can relate to the effort. Anyway I smile when I recall this and many other things.  take care and know I am thinking of you all."

This tribute was added by Sandra Fischer West on 3rd October 2015

"My deepest sympathy to Mary Beth's daughters and families.  I have known Mary Beth since Jr, High School.  As you can see by the picture of the "Woo Woos", our YMCA  basketball team.  How we got that name I will never know.  I spent many overnights at Mary Beth's house and she at mine.  Lots of fun. The last time we visited was our 50th class reunion.  She will be missed by all.  Love Sandy"

This tribute was added by Betty Ehret-Thomas on 1st October 2015

"Losing Mary Beth is so sad.  She was uniquely special.  You all will never run out of  Mary Beth (MiMi) stories.  Please accept my condolences.  You will be in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Ali Berlin on 29th September 2015

"What else can I say besides that I adored Mimi? Mimi was the type of person who made a lasting impression, no matter how long the interaction. I am so happy that I not only have one or two fond memories of her, but a truck load. Some from an unforgettable trip to Cabo, others just from living under the same roof with her. I am so happy for all of the memories I have with her in them.  She might not have been my grandmother by blood, but she always treated me like another one of the grand-kids and I loved her for that."

This tribute was added by Cindy Marie Judy on 29th September 2015

"To the family of Mimi,....

I found this and hope it helps you  a little today and in the weeks to come....lots of prayers and hugs for you during this most difficult journey of losing your dear Mimi....

“Contrary to what a lot of people believe (or hope), comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirits so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again.

And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its dark head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is”  

taken from
― Peggy Haymes, Strugglers, Stragglers and Seekers: daily devotions for the rest of us"

This tribute was added by Svetlana Zavalkovskiy on 28th September 2015

"Our hearts broke when we heard of dear Mimi passing... She was our neighbor  and friend in Scottsdale, and to our daughter Greta she was like a grandma... We will always remember her kindness, never ending love and ability to always bring a smile to our faces.  We all miss her and she ,Jodi, Dennis ,Ali, Riley  and all her dear family are in our hearts and prayers
With love, Zavalkovskiys."

This tribute was added by jeanette Miles on 28th September 2015

"I am at a loss for words that express the deep loss I feel for all of Mary Beth's family. She was truly a mother on demand for all her daughters  and I will always treasure our friendship. My minister once said, when you get to heaven you will see all the people you love and I'm sure there is a long line.. My prayers are with you all."

This tribute was added by Jana Smoley on 27th September 2015

"My name is Nick Smoley I am Mimi's 7th grandchild.  I will always remember Mimi sneaking me candy behind my moms back and Mimi's great cooking and her coming to my games to cheer me on.  I love her really much."

This tribute was added by Jana Smoley on 27th September 2015

"My name is Jake Smoley my parents are Jana and Nye Smoley I am Mimi's 6th grandchild. Mimi lived with us the first year I was born. I really miss Mimi and her cooking especially her poppysead cake and when she would sneak me candy and let me snuggle with her."

This tribute was added by Donna Davenport on 27th September 2015

"I have lots of fond memories of Mary Beth. We sat through lots of softball games together. She was always so proud of her girls. Rest is peace sweet lady."

This tribute was added by Carla Berlin on 27th September 2015

"Mimi was truly one of a kind. She was a loving Mom and Grandmother and will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed my time with her when she visited the McNamara family. She was always open to chat, laugh and share stories with us. My daughter, Ali Berlin, spent much time with Mimi over the years and she truly loved her. She has told us many Mimi tales over the years. Our love and thoughts and prayers go with all of the family. May you find comfort in your memories and the knowledge that God has a plan for all of us. Very much love, The Berlins"

This tribute was added by carlotta levy on 27th September 2015

"I remember Mimi as a fun loving mom!  She was always laughing and her daughter, Jodi, has her fun sense of humor.  Jodi and I went to High School together and her mom let her do some crazy things!!  I know you will all miss this sweet, loving, fun mother, grandmother and friend.  My heart aches with you."

This tribute was added by DeDe Grutz on 27th September 2015

"Mimi was my girlfriend Jodis' mom and because my children and I spent a lot of time with the McNamara family we were blessed to get to know Mimi. She treated my children like her own grandkids,  and they all have unique Mimi memories.  Most of these have something to do with food.  My youngest Beau was her nighttime buddy when they lived in Scottsdale.  To all the family and friends, the Grutz family shares your pain and sadness.  May God comfort and bless you during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Jodi McNamara on 27th September 2015

"Hi Mom, here's a Lily White candle for you to have always..."

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