Barbara Louise Horner Peerson

<p>Barbara Louise Horner Peerson</p>

Irrigon/Rapid City, S.D.

Barbara Louise Horner Peerson passed away at home in Rapid City, South Dakota, on June 12, 2012, at the age of 67. Born December 6, 1944, in Pendleton, Oregon, Barbara was a longtime resident of Irrigon, Oregon. In recent years, she lived in Alameda, California, and Rapid City with her daughters and grandsons.

Coming of age in the sixties, Barbara blossomed from a delicate bud into a brilliant flower child. She inherited a profound love of music and books from her parents, John Joseph Horner Sr. and Adeline Fleeta Flexer Horner. A gardener, a baker, a poet, and a most excellent grandmother, Barbara possessed a clever wit and generous spirit. She was alternately brash and shy; a strong outspoken woman cradling a fragile inner child.

The quintessential “hippie chick,” Barbara amassed an astounding collection of tie-dyed T-shirts, which she wore with pride. She was famous for her homemade fudge, decadent brownies, and the world's best snickerdoodles. She sewed for her daughters and grandsons and taught them to love rock and roll. Barbara enjoyed chatting with customers at the family business, Horner’s Green Spot Melon Stand, in Irrigon. She loved strong coffee, chocolate truffles, science fiction, movies, and music from hard rock to Native American flute songs.

Barbara struggled with substance abuse in her youth, then found fellowship, faith, and strength through Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. The program and steps changed her life, as she found acceptance, support, and kinship, and learned how to better face the challenges of a chaotic world.

In her forties, Barbara began a long battle with the breast cancer that later metastasized to her bones, spine, and lungs. She fought the disease valiantly, and refused to let it define her. She was fiercely loyal, loved hard, and made long-lasting friendships that will ever transcend her passing.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, John and Adeline. She is survived by her daughter, Tamara Lee Collingwood Riggs and partner Justin Moisey; daughter Risa Ann Collingwood Ficken and husband William Ficken; grandsons Cody Taylor Ficken and Jonathan Charles Jones; brother John Joseph Horner Jr.; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

At Barbara’s request, there will be no services, but private remembrances. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society.

“Keep me in your heart for awhile.”

 — Warren Zevon, Barbara’s favorite singer/songwriter

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