Melba F. Wyler, 96, organist for three decades for Eastern Star, Oriental Shrine, Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Amaranth and White Shrine of Jerusalem, until she moved from North Fort Myers in 2004, died Friday, May 11, 2012, in Salem, Ark.
She was born in Reedsburg, Wis., to Irene Champlin and Revello Robert Richardson July 21, 1915, one of nine children. Her youngest sister, Betty Elliott, St. Charles, Minn., survives her.
She and Russell Harold Fender were married from 1935 to 1960 and had three children. She married Harry Wyler Feb. 21, 1964. The Wylers enjoyed retirement in Florida until Harry died in 1981. She continued to enjoy friends and activities in Florida until Hurricane Charley destroyed her home in 2004 at which time she moved to Salem, Ark., near her youngest daughter, Sandra Olson.
Her son, Wayne Fender, died at the age of 60 in 2007. She is survived by her daughters Sandra (Phil) Olson and Sheila Lehrke of Nashville; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16, from noon to 2 p.m., at Fuller Metz Funeral Home, Cape Coral, with an Eastern Star service performed by Loyalty Chapter 309 at 1:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, PO Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631-3356 or call 800-241-4438.
Private burial at Lee Memorial Park at Lehigh.