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Private services will be held for Ruth B. Avery, 86, a former secretary interested in ornithology. She died Saturday (Dec. 22, 1990) in the Beechwood Residence, Getzville.

The former Ruth Both was born in Buffalo. She was a secretary for the former Gurney, Overturf & Becker insurance and real estate firm and for State Mutual Life Assurance Co. She also was a secretary for Dr. Homer Grant of Buffalo.

When Grant died, Mrs. Avery, a Hamburg resident, worked as a secretary at Hamburg Methodist Church.

She was very interested in birds and caught and banded birds as part of the federal government's effort to track them.

Mrs. Avery also enjoyed gardening and ceramics and won several prizes for her ceramics.

She was married to the late Charles Avery.

Survivors include a sister, Ethel Michael of West Seneca.

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