Ina Mae Oliver lived alone in her home, that is over 100 years old, until she was 98, before she came to live at Margate Health & Rehab in Jefferson.
Oliver taught for 42 years in Ashe County before she retired from Lansing School in 1977 as a special education teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University when it was Appalachian State Teachers College and after she graduated, she started teaching in Roaring Fork, Rash and Laurel Hill. At that time, she would walk to teach at those schools and once or twice, her brother brought her to school on horseback. She also taught her nephew, Dale Greer, in fourth grade at Roaring Fork.
Oliver also taught Sunday School for 50 years at Roaring Fork. She is a member of Big Laurel Church of Christ in Christian Union. She has outlived two brothers and one sister.
Ina Mae never married and had no children of her own. She does, however, call many of her students her children and many of her students come to visit her at Margate.