Wichita Falls murder victim remembered for impact on community

Updated: May. 2, 2019 at 6:00 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A woman who died this week after an attack in the backyard of a property she owned is being remembered for her involvement in the community.

“Yesterday, May 1, at approximately 3:30 p.m. detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department served a capital murder warrant on 42-year old Byron Rickard,” Sgt. Harold McClure, public information officer for WFPD, said.

The victim, Ruby Ditto, a 91-year old woman from Wichita Falls, passed away from a head injury on Tuesday.

She was a former president of the League of Women Voters, a part of the group that made West Floral Heights a historical district, and part of the Toastmasters nonprofit.

But for some, she’s remembered as a friend.

“She had her hands in a whole lot of different items, and was just a fantastic person,” Dave Ruhe said.

He would visit Ruby Ditto at home outside of the Toastmasters meetings they met at, and just talk about things like new findings in science or rental properties, which she knew a lot about.

“She had an amazing giving nature of herself. She’d go out of her way to help people. She was amazingly comfortable in her own skin," Ruhe said. "Anybody that has not met her prior to now, has something missing from their life they would have gained from meeting her.”

Ruhe hopes that people can learn from the way Ruby helped others, and the impact she had in the community.

“Would you say we could use a few more Ruby’s in the world?" News Channel 6 Reporter Brad Pushkar asked. "We need thousands,” Ruhe said.

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