Ashe County resident celebrates 100 years

JEFFERSON —Ashe County resident Ina Mae Oliver was recently honored for her 100th birthday by High Country Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging as one of the high country’s longest living residents.

Oliver was born June 4, 1915 in Pond Mountain in Ashe County to James Arthur and Etta Jane Pennington Oliver. She had one sister, Ruth and twin brothers, Ned and Fred.

As a child, Oliver walked to one room elementary schools located in Roaring Fork, Laurel Hill and Big Laurel.

During her first three years of high school, she lived in a dormitory in Jefferson but graduated from Boone High School after spending her senior year there.

After attending Appalachian Teachers College for two years, Oliver began teaching and eventually completed her education by attending summer courses.

She spent 41 years as a teacher and taught all seven elementary grades including Special Education.

Oliver taught for four years at Laurel Hill Elementary, three years at Rash Elementary, eight years at Roaring Fork Elementary, three years at Warrensville Elementary, and twenty-one years at Lansing Elementary.

She was a lifelong member of Big Laurel Christian Union Church and served as a Vacation Bible School and Sunday School teacher for 50 years.

County Manger Sam Yearick presented Oliver with a framed certificate highlighting her life and accomplishments during her 100 years on Tuesday, June 30 at Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jefferson.

Oliver also received roses from Jefferson Florist, given to her by Ashe Services for Aging.

Senior Tarheel delegates Charles Caudill and his wife Louise were also in attendance.

Caudill works with the High Country Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging to help recognize Ashe County residents who are celebrating their 100th birthday.

Community members who would like to recognize someone approaching their 100th birthday should contact Caudill three weeks prior at 336-846-9368.

Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.

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