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Living Tribute to Rubye H. Wyatt Fiddler
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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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