Saturday, September 23, 2023

Mary Beth Johnson Rafferty

Pampa High School Class of 1967



Beth Rafferty is a 1967 graduate of Pampa High School and 1970 graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. “Mary Beth”, as her family calls her, is the daughter of the late H.J. Johnson and Pampa-resident Evelyn Johnson. Beth has three siblings: Jodi Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dr. Jay Johnson of Pampa; and Janice Spearman also of Pampa.


Beth Rafferty’s career in interior design started more than 35 years ago; she began by fashioning interiors for executive offices including those of top attorneys as well as oil and gas companies. Her commercial clients would then ask Beth to design their homes, which led to her vibrant residential design business.


Beth has always had a passion for interior design – she loves to entertain, goes all out for holidays, and creates special moments throughout her home. She enjoys doing the same for clients and making their homes lovely places to create memories. Beth believes that homes should be both beautiful and functional – so homes work for how clients live.


In 1980, Beth began Interiors by Beth as a solo designer and has grown her business into a 40,000- square-foot retail furniture store in Frisco, Texas that employs more than 55 team members including 28 talented interior designers. Beth’s vision for IBB Design was to offer clients custom interiors in a timely manner. IBB Design offers a turnkey design resource all under one roof, from custom drapes and furniture to specifications and installation.


Beth’s portfolio includes thousands of projects around the world. Highlights include an estate in Bermuda, a flat in London, a horse ranch in California, apartments in New York City, vacation homes in Rosemary Beach, FL and Beaver Creek, CO. In one month, in addition to working on several projects, Beth designed a private plane, a luxury motor couch and a lavish playhouse for the Dallas Cattle Barron’s Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.


Over the years, Beth and IBB Design have been honored with a range of awards. Highlights include: 2014 ARTS Awards finalist for best interior designers in the country, 2014 & 2015 ARTS Awards winner for best furniture store in the United States, 2014 McSam Award winner for Best Interior Merchandising and 2014 & 2015 Best of Houzz.


Beth is a supporter of non-profits throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area including Dwell with Dignity, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Cancer Society, Minnie’s Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Frisco Family Services, Equest, the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and others. Dwell with Dignity is a Dallas-based non-profit dedicated to helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. Beth financially supports the non-profit and makes in-kind donations of furniture and accessories from IBB Design to the deserving families that Dwell with Dignity serves. Beth was proud to donate of her time and resources to the Wounded Warriors Project by furnishing an entire home for a wounded service member. The Project’s mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.


The American Cancer Society is close to Beth’s heart. Her husband, Robert Rafferty, passed away in April 2014 after a battle with cancer. Beth is an advocate for this important organization. In addition, she has donated custom playhouses to the Cattle Baron’s Ball, benefiting the American Cancer Society, multiple years. Minnie’s Food Panty provides healthy meals and the red carpet treatment to every person they serve in the community. Beth is passionate about the fight against hunger in her community and supports Minnie’s through monetary contributions with gifts including clothing and toys through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. The Program has helped provide more than 36,000 gifts to families with children in need.


Frisco Family Services helps members of its community who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. Each year, Beth’s team at IBB Design makes a generous contribution to Frisco Family Services in her honor. Two fundraising events that Beth has assisted with their fundraising efforts are Equest and the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum. Equest provides Therapeutic Sports Riding classes and Hippotherapy to approximately 500 rides annually. They serve children and adults with all types of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden through its financial support and membership involvement of its approximately 650 members.


Beth is a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where she has helped raise funds for the church’s capital campaign and has a stained glass window in her honor. She lives in Frisco, Texas near her daughter, Shay Geyer; son-in-law, Brian; and granddaughters, Jaylie and Brooklyn.


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