Shyrie Frances Dyess

Shyrie Frances Dyess
Shyrie Frances Dyess

Shyrie Frances Dyess, 72, of Amarillo, TX, passed away on July 7, 2020, with her family by her side.

She was born to the late Herbert M. Foster and Doris Foster on January 11, 1948, in Amarillo, Texas. Shyrie graduated from Amarillo High School in 1966 and received her Bachelor’s degree in music from West Texas State College in 1970.
She was married to T. Todd Dyess in 1970. Shyrie is survived by two children: Laura Zavala, and her spouse Luis Zavala, of Allen, TX, and Wesley Dyess of Amarillo, TX. She is survived by four grandchildren: Avery and Sebastian Zavala of Allen, TX; Carson and Chloe Dyess of Amarillo, TX. Shyrie is survived by one cousin, Tracy Everett of Denver, CO.
Shyrie was preceded in death by her mother and father and one grandchild, Gabriella Dyess.
Shyrie was an accomplished musician. She faithfully served many United Methodist churches in the Texas Panhandle/New Mexico areas as the church pianist and organist. Shyrie also taught music in several Texas Panhandle public school systems. As her final employment, she worked alongside her husband Todd as the office manager for the Northwest Texas Conference as Todd served as the District Superintendent. Shyrie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a faithful companion to Todd. They made a great team serving their communities in their 47 years of ministry.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Amarillo, TX. The celebration of life service will take place at Polk Street United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 10, 2020. There will be a private family burial ceremony before the celebration of life service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in support of cancer research go to the Amarillo American Cancer Society, PO Box 51206, Amarillo, TX 79159, in memory of Shyrie Dyess, or to Polk Street United Methodist Church at 1401 S. Polk, Amarillo, TX 79109.

7 Replies to “Shyrie Frances Dyess”

  1. Todd,
    We just learned of Shyrie’s death. She was one of the best. We feel lucky to have been her friends. I can still hear her chuckles and see the sparkle in her eyes when she laughed. ( She even laughed at my jokes sometimes.) We will always value the meaningful conversations we had during visits where we could discuss things that all of us couldn’t share with just anybody. We loved Shyrie and we love you always,

  2. Todd, Denise and I are praying for you and your family. I often think of you and Shyrie, especially our time together in the ministerial alliance at Spearman, and again, as you covered me as D.S.
    Shyrie was always there, complementing your life and ministry. What a great legacy as daughter of God, wife, mother and grandmother she left.
    We will continue praying for abundance of hope to inflate your mind and spirit and to comfort you all.
    Dan Carter
    Roman’s 15:13

  3. I remember visiting and laughing with Shyrie at church in Pampa most Sundays. She was a cheerful, positive woman who loved her family. She was indeed a helpmate to Todd. May God comfort you and may her loving spirit and quick wit be remembered by us all.

  4. Todd, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tears will come from time to time bringing sparkles from the rain Knowing God and you and you are with me. Helps me bear the pain. Laughter comes and makes us smile We welcome those times too. Knowing God has blessed us, Helps to start anew

  5. Shyrie was the sweetest woman and such a lovely soul. I enjoyed knowing and worshiping with her while she and Todd were in Pampa. I pray God’s unending love and care of this precious family.

    1. Thank you so very much. We covet your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult and sad time in our lives.

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