|Born: November 3, 1916|
|Died: November 13, 2003|
Rubye H. Wyatt Fiddler, 87, of Conway died Thursday. She was born November 3,
1916 in Arkadelphia to the late Oscar and Arminda Hamm Wyatt. She was a member
of the University Church of Christ and was the Executive director of the Faulkner
County Chapter of the American Red Cross for many years.
She didn’t mind that many of the thousands she served were never able to call her by
name. That they knew her as the “Red Cross Lady” was sufficient. She was affiliated
with the Faulkner County Chapter of the American Red Cross for nearly six decades.
She started the county’s first blood program and more fully developing other services
such as the disaster, learn-to-swim and service to military families programs.
She was introduced to Red Cross in 1938. After her retirement as executive director
she continued to serve in various volunteer capacities, including being a board member.
She married Elmer Fiddler in 1936. By the time they married, Mr. Fiddler had moved to
Little Rock to work for the J. C. Penney Co., and then in 1938, a year after their only child,
a son, Jimmy, was born, they moved to Conway when he took a job working for the state
of Arkansas Employment Security Division.
Service to military families became her first love among all her Red Cross duties, probably
because all four of her brothers served their county. However, her first identity in Faulkner
County probably was for the blood program.
Asked once to explain why she chose a life of service, Mrs. Fiddler replied, “We must always
remember we’re not all in the same station in life. We must always come forth for those who
ask for help or those who, for whatever reason, do not ask for help but that we recognize need it.”
Mrs. Fiddler was active in the Church of Christ, being a member of the Robinson Street Church
for many years and later the University Church of Christ. She formed a relationship that was personally satisfying with members of nearly every church denomination in Conway, especially
women, as she recruited them to bake cookies for the blood drawings.
In addition to her husband, who died in 1984, Mrs. Fiddler was preceded in death by four
brothers, Oscar William, Cecil, Clifford and Carroll Wyatt and a sister Shirley Wyatt Thearl.
She is survived by her son Jimmy, sister Maxine Wyatt Silvertooth of Longview, Texas eight
nieces and five nephews.
Services are 3 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Roller-McNutt Conway with burial in Crestlawn
with Cecil Boothe officiating. General visitation Sunday.
Pallbearers are Ken Huggins, Chris McNutt, Stanley Russ, Bill F. Johnson, Jim Schneider and
Dr. Chaney Floyd. Honorary pallbearers are Elders and Deacons of University Church of Christ
and Present and Former member of the Board of Directors of the Faulkner County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
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