Mariwyn McPherson Dye Webb of Amarillo died Friday, August 12, 2016.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with the Dr. Howie Batson, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount.
Mariwyn was born January 10, 1944, in Hedley, TX, the only child of Theresa and W.E. “Wimpy” McPherson and was preceded in death by her mother and father. She loved her mommy and believed she had the greatest daddy in the whole wide world.
She had a magnetic charisma, a relentless drive, a deep religious faith, a wonderful wit, and a joyous laugh. She had a never-ending desire to help others and remarkable humility. She never burned a bridge. She loved reading, writing, business, and her many wonderful friends. She had an incredible ability to cultivate and enjoy friendships with people from all walks of life.
Mariwyn was an extraordinary entrepreneur and civic leader who gave generously to her family, her community, and to her fellow Amarillo residents. She founded DB&A Advertising in 1981 where, as CEO, she ran day-to-day operations of the multimillion dollar business that she built from scratch. As creative strategist at DB&A, she developed award winning campaigns that were recognized for excellence on the local, regional, national, and international levels. Mariwyn earned The Advertising Federation’s highest honor, the Silver Medal, for her contributions to her profession and her community. After selling DB&A in 1995, she launched MW&A to continue serving her favorite clients and her community. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, while raising two small children on her own. Mariwyn worked tirelessly until her very last days.
Committed to serving her local and national communities, Mariwyn generously lent her talent and expertise to many philanthropic organizations. She served on the Board of Directors for the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, an organization that promotes growth and business in Amarillo; as Chairman of the 1992 United Way Campaign, helping raise more than $3 million; as President of Amarillo Executive Women; as director of Wal-Mart’s national literacy initiative; and as a member of the Amarillo Board of City Development – the only woman ever chosen to serve.
Mariwyn served on the Board of Directors for numerous community organizations including: Baptist-St. Anthony’s Foundation, the Globe News Center for Performing Arts, the Amarillo Symphony, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and the American Cancer Society. She held leadership roles at the March of Dimes, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Amarillo Little Theatre, Children’s Health Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, and Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
A political activist with strongly held views, Mariwyn served on Congressman Mac Thornberry’s steering committee, was a delegate to the President’s Conference on Small Business in Washington, D.C., and served on Governor George W. Bush’s Presidential Exploratory Committee. She helped lead successful political campaigns for a number of candidates including U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, Representative David Swinford, Representative Four Price, Mayor Glen Parkey, Mayor Trent Sisemore, City Commissioner and Mayor Debra McCartt, City Commissioner Jim Simms, and numerous other city commissioners and board trustees.
Mariwyn’s profession and community recognized her with many awards including the: Amarillo Women’s Forum Distinguished Service Award; Amarillo Women’s Network Woman of Achievement Award; Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award; and Leadership Texas. Her efforts were recognized with a cover story in Texas Business Magazine on women entrepreneurs.
Writing was a big part of Mariwyn’s life. She was a contributing writer for Accent West for many years and wrote hundreds of articles that told the story of Amarillo and the surrounding area. She wrote “Romancing the Texas Panhandle, An Affair to Remember” to promote tourism in the Texas Panhandle. She may have been most proud, however, of “Rodney the Texas Ghost”, which she wrote for her children.
Having helped break the glass ceiling for business women in Amarillo, Mariwyn enjoyed mentoring a number of younger women over the years and remained in touch with many of them. She was a dedicated member of the body of Christ, worshipping and teaching alternately at Temple Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.
Mariwyn earned the respect and admiration of all those who were privileged to know her. She was a cherished friend to many, and she was deeply loved by her children, husband, aunts, cousins, employees, and her Bridge Club. But more than anything, she was a great Mom.
Mariwyn loved her family and served her parents and several of her elders well in their later years. But out of all the rest of her very full life, her biggest joys were her two sons, Bently and Steffan, topped only by the June birth of her first grandchild, Blake. They loved her and miss her already.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Randy Webb; her son Bently G. Dye of San Antonio and his wife Lorie; her son Steffan L. Dye of Newport Beach and his wife Jenna; her beloved grandson and namesake Blake PR Dye.
She is also survived by her step-sons Michael Webb and his wife Angel and Matthew Webb and his wife Cynthia and 4 step-grandchildren.