Mary Stack Ware – August 16, 2011


Mary Stack Ware, 89, philanthropist and longtime civic leader died Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. W. Winfred Moore, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church and Dr. Burt Palmer, Senior Pastor, officiating.  Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mary was born in Van Buren, Arkansas.  Her family moved to Amarillo, where she attended public school, graduating from Amarillo High School in 1939.  She was elected the first Queen of Amarillo High School, and graduated from Amarillo College.  She then attended the University of Texas and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
She was very proud of being elected to the Amarillo High School Sandie Hall of Fame in 2007 and being named the 2006 Amarillo College Distinguished Alumna.
Her philanthropy activities were centered in Amarillo College, where she endowed a Scholarship in her name, BSA Hospital, and Park Central where the Mary Ware Clock Tower is named for her.
Mary served on the Potter-Randall Citizens Committee that did the original planning of the Medical Center.  She also served as a Board Member of the United Way, Kid’s Inc., The Art Alliance, Amarillo Symphony Guild, the Amarillo Art Center, Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation for many years and the Amarillo Day Nursery.
Mary was very active in the Junior League, Junior Women’s Club and in the Amarillo Garden Center before it became the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.  She was the first President of the Amarillo Banker’s Wives Association.
She was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church and the Susanna Wesley Sunday School class.
Mary is survived by her husband of 67 years, Tol Ware; and sons, Richard, and Bill and his wife, Paige, all of Amarillo; six grandchildren, Anne-Clayton Ware of Dallas, Benj Ware, Pat Ware, William Ware, W. Tol Ware and Savannah Ware Singleton, all of Amarillo; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia Thornton of Amarillo.
The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity.

0 Replies to “Mary Stack Ware – August 16, 2011”

  1. Tol and family, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers, Tol your vist with me when we lost Jack was such a comfort,over the years your family always remembered us and now we are remembering you and your family. Mary was like a light in our lives, God bless you and yoursnelda vernon watkinsand family

  2. Mary was a very special person. I enjoyed taking care of her and visiting with her. She would always have a smile and could always cheer you up if you were down. She would always talk about her family and how beautiful they are. She was correct in that aspect. I will miss her dearly. I know all of the family will miss her too.
    All of us from BSA Home Health send our sincere condolences and prayers. May God be with you at this difficult time.

  3. What a lovely lady and such a loss to our community. I met Mrs. Ware while I was working for Joe Batson, and I will always remember how she treated me with such friendliness and kindness. My condolences to Richard and the entire Ware family.

  4. My heartfelt sorrow to you and your family at the loss of such a wonderful woman. The few times she graced my life, left me feeling better for having run into her than I can describe. What a blessing to have had her in your midst.

  5. Please accept our sincere sympathy and our prayers. May God bless your family. Sincerely yours, Elizabeth and John

  6. I will never forget meeting that beautiful lady who was the mom of my new junior high school friends. She was different from the other moms I had met by age 12. She already knew my name and made me feel totally welcome at her house that she shared with the coolest dad. He played basketball with us, and she cheered for both teams when we played at their house.
    She was bright, cheerful and a bundle of energy like I had never seen. All the kids loved being around her, so I was just one of her fans.
    I grew up, became a business man, and she was one of my loyal customers at Mr. G. But the best part was she was a friend, always having something interesting to say or positive to talk about. She always wanted to know what my kids were doing, because she was one of those rare people who really cared and was interested in others.
    Mary Ware was a wonderful lady, a gentle woman, and someone everyone will miss, especially if your were fortunate enough to hear her laugh.
    I am sad for Tol, Richard, Bill, and all the grandkids she loved so much. They will miss her as a wife, companion, and mom, and I will miss her as someone very special that I was fortunate to know.
    Please accept my sincere condolences,
    Dean Campbell; Wimberley, Texas

  7. A gracious lady, who along with her family, were friends and business associates with The First National Bank of Claude.

  8. We were all blessed by Mary having graced our presence in Amarillo. May her soul, along with all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe

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