Mayborn, T. Ward

October 17, 1940 - June 1, 2013

Ward Mayborn passed away on June 1,  2013 after a difficult battle with his health.  He was born on October 17, 1940 to Curtis Mitchell and Ted W. Mayborn in Temple Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Mitch Mayborn and his granddaughter Nancey Leigh Ketch.  He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Nancey and their 4 children: Carrie Bohman and her husband Tim, Scott Mayborn and his wife Laura, Temple Ketch and her husband Andy, and Curt Mayborn; their 8 grandchildren, Kristen Berry and her husband Frank, Sarah Weaks and her husband Zak, Kyle, Gage and Aubrey Mayborn, Peter, Mallory and Becky Ketch; and Ward’s brother Don Mayborn.
Ward met Nancey Wadley when they were 12 years old.  They were high school sweethearts, and from that moment on, the love of each other’s lives.  Ward had a passion for his work and his family, and began Uncommon Market with his brother Don in 1971. He was able to combine his love for his work with the love of his family each and every day.  Ward was a creative genius, a true man’s man of astounding talents and a person of vast and wide-ranging experience who could make anything fun. He was a devoted and emotionally connected individual that will leave his legacy through his family, friendships, and works of all descriptions.

There will be a memorial service held on Tuesday, June 11th at 2pm  at Grace Bible Church, 11306 Inwood Road.  In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to: Pets of the Homeless, 206 S. Division St. Suite 10, Carson City, NV 89703 or

Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.

12 replies on “Mayborn, T. Ward”

Mary's Madness Davenport says:

I met Ward at “My top secret hiding place” aka Uncommon Market. I so enjoyed dealing with Ward, such a warm and generous man who was kind enough to let me visit his home for show and tell along with digging around through the family store. He will live on through the memories of us all.

Michelle and Bill Brehmer says:

Ward…you were the kindest and most talented man we have ever known. When we lived next door to you and Nancy we always said you were “the best neighbors we ever had”.. both of you such sweet people and your love of animals was the best. You will be missed by many. Nancy.. my heart is with you.. we will see you on tuesday.. Michelle and Bill Adam also sends his condolences as well.. xo

Lisa Bennett says:

Ward was such a kind, family oriented, creative, talented, fair minded, bright, and generous guy. His warm smile and personality were always so wonderful. I always loved visiting the Uncommon Market – his warmth made it seem like a visit to a home rather than a business. He was such terrific blessing. I will miss him so, so much.

Bob Walner says:

Ward had it all, personality, creative talent, a giving nature, a hard worker and great provider for his family. I will miss him profoundly.

Frances and Mike Foster says:

Ward never met a stranger. His outgoing personality and warmth would fill a room. My friend for 47 years will be greatly missed.

Sandi McConaghy says:

Just wanting you all to know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult and unbearably sad time. I wish you strength, courage and love and know that we will all have strong and wonderful memories of Ward to hold in our hearts.

Chad and Judith Sansean, London, England. says:

Nancey, we are truly sorry and dismayed to learn of Ward’s passing and our thoughts will be with you tomorrow. We will remember him as a fine man.

don autry says:

I was saddened when I learned of Ward’s passing. He was not only a loyal customer but also a friend and all around good guy. My condolences to the family.

Mac says:

Ward,my dear and very special friend.
It has been wonderful having you in our lives for so many years .You have always been the maypole for your family and in many ways by example for us too. France and London will never be the same . With lots of love . Mac SY Amy and Milo

Gail Dooley says:

Ward was a true gentleman and a lovely, generous, funny friend. When I last saw him in London with dear Curt last year, I hugged him and told him I loved him. I always will and that love will keep him alive. I echo Mac and Sandi’s sentiments, he was our dear friend and my thoughts and love are with Nancey and all the family.

elaine notestine says:

Ed and I first shopped with Ward in the late 70s while remodeling our dream home in amarilllo. Upon moving to Dallas 30 yrs ago our love affair with all the Mayborns and Uncommon hit full steam. I shopped for my interor design customers and for my daughters and for my self. Ward was the kindest, fairest, most knowledgeable and loveable of many fine associations. I am grieving most sincerely and send my love and sympathy to Nancey, Scott and Laura, Don, Scott McClellan abd everyone else. There is a huge hole in my heart. my love, Elaine Notestine

David Anderson says:

Ward – I have been gazing at one of your works hanging from my ceiling house after house for now on forty five years. Thank you.

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Excellent customer service, they made you feel like you were their only customer. Very helpful and explained what we should expect during the process. They basically took care of our needs during this time. They contacted DFW National Cemetery for us which made it a smooth experience. Definitely will use them again.

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