Ouida Lester Wyatt, 91, Vero Beach, FL, passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach.
She was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Lyon County, KY, to Price Edward and Myrtle Vona (Johnston) Lester. She married John Remington (Jack) Wyatt on April 10, 1948, in Memphis, TN. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2003.
Ouida taught physical education at Dyersburg (TN) High School before she and Jack moved to Vero Beach in 1956. A long-time educator with Indian River County Schools in Florida, she taught PE at Vero Beach Jr./Senior High School before becoming a guidance counselor at the junior high school in 1964. She later was principal of Beachland Elementary and then Middle 7 and then was Title 1 Reading Program Coordinator. A decades-long season ticket holder, she attended Vero Beach High School football games for 62 years.
She belonged to the Hibiscus Garden Club and was a past-president and the Retired Teachers’ Association. She also was a leader in the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association, volunteering as a counselor for many years.
Ouida was very active as a member of First Baptist Church in Vero Beach where she was a deacon. She was dedicated to her work in support of the Women’s Missionary Union.
She graduated from Murray State University, Murray, KY, where she was football queen, and University of Georgia at Athens, GA. She attended Lyon County High School, Butler High School in Princeton, KY, and graduated as valedictorian from Trigg County High School.
Survivors include her sons, Otis Wade (Melanie) Wyatt of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Rev. John G. (Deanna) Wyatt of Frankfort, KY; one daughter, Robin Lester Wyatt (Ed) Walston of Saint Anthony, IN; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Sarah (Karl) Hussung, Murray, KY, Charly Morgan, Franklin, TN, Cozette Morstein, Imperial Beach, CA, Nancy (Bob) Walker, Valley Center, CA; three brothers, Bill Lester, Gracey, KY, Bob (Betty) Lester, Cadiz, KY, and Tony (Mary) Lester, Townsend, TN; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Bonnie Fitzpatrick Armstrong; six brothers-in-law, Tom Fitzpatrick, John Armstrong, Dick Morgan, Floyd Morstein, W.R. Wilson and Michael Smith; and sister-in-law Marjorie Lester.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. (CST) Sat., Feb. 16, at Eddy Creek Baptist Church in Caldwell County, KY. The family will receive friends beginning at noon until time for the service. She will be buried in the church cemetery.
A funeral service was held Feb. 2 at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, FL. King’s Funeral Home in Cadiz, KY is in charge of the local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, 2206 16th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960.
(A paid obituary announcement)