Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1935 The Faculty

Avis McKelvain Preslar LORETTA AVIS MCKELVAIN PRESLAR, 91, died May 22, 2010 in El Paso, TX. Avis was born in Moran, TX. She was the oldest of three children born to Linnie May & Robert Hardie McKelvain. She attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1935 at Ranger, TX but graduated from high school in Breckenridge, TX where she excelled in debate. She went to State finals all four years. After one year at Hardin- Simmons in Abilene, TX, she entered Baylor Uni- versity on a speech scholarship. There, she specialized in debate. She and her partner won many National championships. After finishing at Baylor, she taught English and Speech and coached the high school debate teams in Bowie, Ranger, & Abilene. In Abilene, her team won the State championship. During World War II, she served in the Waves as a Communications Officer and a Recruiter. After discharge from the Navy, Avis married Stephen Preslar (RHS-1936) & they were sweethearts for 63 years until his passing in March, 2009. Avis attended law school but abandoned this endeavor after learning that she was pregnant with her first child. Avis Preslar loved to entertain and liked nothing better than preparing dinner parties for friends, family, and loved ones whenever the opportunity arose. In later years she enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends. Avis will be remembered for her kindness and generosity for family and friends which always took precedence in her life. Avis was a source of inspiration for many, and her spirit will remain strong in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Avis is preceded in death by her sons, Stephen Clifford and Samuel Hardie Preslar. Mrs. Preslar is survived by son, Robert Lee Preslar, his wife Susan Maresca Preslar, and their two daughters Sarah and Kelsey Preslar. Her oldest son, Cliff has two daughters, Kim and Alison Preslar. Kim has two sons, Dean and Vaughn, and Alison is expecting twins in late June of this year. Her brothers were J.H. McKelvain (RHS-1940) & John L. McKelvain (RHS-1943).