May 2013 Featured Volunteer: Ruth Marie Wyatt
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Ruth Marie Wyatt is a superwoman.
In 1986 Ruth received a card in the mail about Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO). She had just retired from teaching and needed something to do. Ruth's husband encouraged her to volunteer at Legal Aid.
Ruth’s compassion for serving others led to a 27 year journey of volunteer work at the LASO Stillwater law office.
“After I retired, I wanted to get out of the house and associate with other people,” said Ruth.
Ruth taught the fourth grade at Highland Park Elementary School in Stillwater. Although Mrs. Wyatt was not his teacher, Ruth taught at the school when managing attorney David Bryan was there as a student.
“Ruth is a valuable member of our office family,” says Bryan, “Each week she comes to work with a smile on her face and a jump in her step. We are extremely appreciative of the help she gives us.”
Over the years, Ruth has helped staff answer phones, pull files for the attorneys, which includes the weekly intake and case filing; and relocates massive files at the end of each year to make space for the upcoming year.
Mrs. Wyatt is one sharp lady and at age 89, she still drives herself to and from the office. She arrives promptly every Wednesday morning to do the volunteer work she loves so much.
“I enjoy working with everyone,” stated Ruth, “I also encourage my friends to get away from their house and volunteer.”
In addition to spending one day a week at LASO; Ruth joins members of her Church each Thursday to prepare meals for the hungry; and is involved in assisting with annual grade school testing at the school where she taught.
Being a volunteer allows this former teacher to continue giving to her community – LASO is honored to have Ruth as part of their team.
We love this lady!
- Pro Bono/Legal Services