Barbara Ann Horton

20 February 2013

Born: March 30, 1951

Entered into Rest: February 1, 2013

Barbara Ann Horton passed away peacefully in Roseville, California after a heroic battle with cancer.


Barbara is survived by her husband Gary, daughters Kelly McNamara, Samantha (Jordan) Aivaz and Jessica (Michael) Sloan, brothers Robert (Janice) and Stephen (Sharon) Darling, grandchildren Kobe, Brittany, Alexandria and Tegan, and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death  by her parents Josephine and Robert Darling.


Barbara’s early career was in administration and hotel service management.  She enjoyed waterskiing at a semi professional level and lived a full and active life.  She moved her family from the Bay Area to the Central Valley town of Turlock to give them a taste of the country and “ride with the cowboys”.  As a long time member of the Turlock Horseman’s Club she grew her love of horses and greatly enjoyed her ranch.  She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church of Turlock.


Motivated by her mother’s death from breast cancer, Barbara went back to school to become a nurse at Emanual Medical Center of Turlock.  She was an active patient advocate for many, a wholistic healer and loved to heal and serve.  She recently retired to her ‘Beverly Hills of the foothills’ home in Loomis where, with her husband, she cultivated her gardens and her spirituality.


All who knew her attest she was a gourmet cook, a talented artist, a green thumb gardener, a compassionate neighbor and loyal friend.  Her home was always open to those in need.  She often counseled at-risk youth and became a second mom to many.  She believed in performing a random act of kindness every day.  Her sense of humor kept a smile on everyone’s face and she truly loved to laugh.  Her humanity will be deeply missed by all.


At her request, a private family service will be held to celebrate her life.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society, American Cancer Society or similar charity of your choice.





5 Comments to “Barbara Ann Horton”

  1. Barbara was a fantastic woman & a wonderful neighbor to my parents. She will be truly missed.

  2. My heartfelt condolences to the family of Barbara Ann Horton, for the passing of your loved one, may God prove to be a refuge and a strength for your family during this time of distress as spoken of at Psalm 46:1

    • I also like the scripture at Psalm 55:22 which encourages us to throw our burdens on God and he will sustain us.
      There is no other comfort than from God.

  3. Mike and Gloria Lombardo

    Hello Gary, The first and last time we met was when Josie died. We are Steves Godparents. It was a shock when I saw the Obit. We are sending you and the Girls our heartfelt sympathy’s. We would like to have your address so we can send a Mass Card to you. We will always remember her Nickname (Okobaby)when she was little,I don;t know why she was called Okobaby.

  4. …she left this world with a sword in her hand and a smile on her face. She never met a stranger. She is the love of my life….the better half of me for sure. May the Lord hold you until we are united again, in Glory my Love….in Glory.

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