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Ruby Avanell Winchester Oliver


Last updated 6/22/2020 at 12:47pm

Ruby Avanell Winchester Oliver, 90, of Brevard, passed away March 14, 2020, at the home of her son, Kevin Oliver, in Hickory.

She was born May 26, 1929, in the Calvert Community of Rosman to the late Leo Lester Winchester Sr. and Ida Katie Gillespie Winchester. In addition to her parents, her husband, Boyd Durant Oliver, in 2005; a son, Keith Boyd Oliver, in 1969; and nine of her 11 siblings, preceded her in death. 

She is survived by her son, Kevin Durant Oliver, of Hickory; grandchildren, Zachary Keith Oliver, of Hickory, and Ashley Nicole Oliver, of Wilmington; sister, Shirley Winchester Wilson, of Pisgah Forest; and brother, Boyce Lee Winchester, of Tampa, Fla.

She graduated from Brevard High School in 1947 and was married to her husband, Boyd, the next year in Clayton, Ga. When he was serving in the United States Navy, they lived in Providence, R.I., and San Diego, Calif. The rest of her life was spent in her beloved Brevard, where she was a member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.

She was known as “Cashier Lady” at Brevard Middle School for many years and also worked at Belk, the Olin Corporation and Parris Shoe World.

Her grandchildren always knew her as “Nana.” She loved to travel, shop for clothes (Talbot’s, of course) and attend her high school “reunion lunches” at Pisgah Fish Camp.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 2 p.m., at Moody Connolly Funeral Home in Brevard, conducted by Dr. Mark Rawls, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville.

Following the service, her ashes will be interred at Pisgah Memorial Gardens in Pisgah Forest.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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