Melody Mynatt thoughtfully made the world better

Melody Mynatt
Melody Mynatt Courtesy photo

Melody Mynatt believed in making the world better.

She did it in big and small ways.

She spontaneously threw baby showers, was a downtown mover and shaker, taught dogs to sit and stay, put bows on life and creatively branded much of Wichita as an advertising account executive and brand manager for Howerton+White.

“That woman would pack more in a day than anyone I have yet to meet,” said Nicole Howerton of Howerton+White. “She would get up at 4 a.m. with the dog and anything she loved, she did it full bore.”

Mrs. Mynatt died Saturday. She was 57.

A celebration of her life begins at 3 p.m. Friday at Barlett Arboretum, 301 N. Line Street, Belle Plaine. Guests are encouraged to dress casually, tour the gardens and share memories following the service.

Melody “Mel” Shugart was born April 26, 1960 in Wichita. She is a 1977 graduate of North High School. She started her career by working at the Kansas State Bank and Trust, then as a bookkeeper and account executive at Craghead & Harrold Advertising.

In 2004, she joined Howerton+White.

“She was a very caring and giving individual who miraculously had time for an incredible million relationships,” Howerton said. “I’ve heard stories of how she threw baby showers, gave people (plant) starts from her garden, taught one guy’s dog how to sit, shake and lay down. She was not the type of person who would casually make friends. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary.”

Mrs. Mynatt was a master gardener, artist, decorator and animal person who rescued Rhodesian ridgeback dogs and cared for a menagerie of pets in her home.

“She was beloved by hundreds,” said Robin Macy, the steward of Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine. “She was the (advertising) account executive of your dreams. Every branding material from Bartlett Arboretum had her hands on her. We will pay tribute to her. She elevated this place through her work.”

Her back yard was featured in this year’s master gardener garden tour.

“It was a work of art, a small, magic garden tucked in the Riverside neighborhood where she and Ed lived,” said Tami Bradley, of Bothner and Bradley. “They worked on it together. Ed always said Mel had the vision, and he helped her achieve her dreams.

Mrs. Mynatt is survived by her husband, Ed; a brother, Robert (Patty) Shugart Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Mynatt’s name to the Barlett Arboretum and the Kansas Humane Society.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner