Zaphryn Green

Family and friends of the late Zaphryn Tandy Green have established a scholarship fund at Wayland Baptist University in her memory to benefit the School of Languages and Literature.

Dr. Michael Davis of Las Vegas, Nev., Jim Green and Marilyn Webb of Plainview, and Teresa Taylor of Amarillo, recently worked together to start the scholarship drive. 

Zaphryn Green, owner of Zaphryn’s beautiful things store in downtown Plainview, died Oct. 15, 2008 at the age of 57. A 1969 graduate of Boise City (Okla.) High School, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland in 1973. She married James M. “Jim” Green on May 20, 1981 in Plainview.

After her graduation from Wayland, Mrs. Green worked for several clothing and gift stores including Skibell’s, True Value Hardware, Our House Gifts, Marse & Son’s, Suzanne’s Hallmark and Old World Antiques before realizing her dream of opening her own store, Zaphryn’s beautiful things, on October 15, 2005. 

Mrs. Green was an avid and enthusiastic supporter of Wayland and of Plainview.  She was a member of First Baptist Church and served on the Wayland Alumni Board for many years.  She also was active in the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, Plainview Downtown Association, Hale County Literacy Council, and loved both keeping a journal and teaching others the joy of reading.

“Zaphryn left a legacy of beautiful things that is all about the people she touched and the lives she changed just by being Zaphryn,” commented Davis, a 1987 Wayland graduate who manages Nuclear Training Policy & Compliance at the recently renamed Nevada National Security Site. “She touched many lives through the quality of her character, the joy she took in living every day and encouraging us to do the same and the open and sincere way that she genuinely valued her customers, her family and friends.”

Davis appreciates that scholarships paid for 90 percent of his tuition costs at Wayland, and he said that the group hopes the endowment can be raised by December 2012.

Scholarships are fully endowed when they reach $25,000. The funds are invested with the Baptist Foundation of Texas and only the interest is used each year to fund scholarships.

Contributions may be made to the Zaphryn Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Wayland Baptist University, 1900 W. Seventh, CMB 621, Plainview, TX 79072; online at the Friends & Donors/Give Now tab at or in person at the Wayland Advancement Office, 9th and Utica. More information is available by contacting the Advancement Division at 291-3426.