Barbara Ann Iverson, native Californian born in Hollywood to Ralph and Rosalyn, died on August 14, 2014 at the age of 85. She grew up in Southern California, attended UCLA as an active member the Phi Mu Sorority, and earned her BA in 1950. She married Richard Iverson in 1953 and they raised four children. She is remembered for her friendly smile, warm and sweet disposition, wealth of knowledge, and curiosity leading to an ongoing love of learning. The family moved to Healdsburg in 1975 to take over the Coast to Coast Hardware store where Barbara and Richard operated it for eleven years, selling in 1986 to pursue their dream of traveling. Barbara's travels took her several times to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout Canada and United States. Barbara enjoyed a creative interest in architecture and designed and built her dream home on Fitch Mountain. Her hobbies also included cooking, pottery, reading, gardening and community service. Barbara was a founder of the Healdsburg Hospice Lights of Life event, the local Soroptimist Chapters' Woman's Opportunity Award program, Picnic Chair for the Friends of the Healdsburg Library, and co-founded the Healdsburg chapter of PEO, a philanthropic, educational organization for women. She was an active member and past President of Healdsburg Soroptimist, PEO, and the Beautification Committee. She was loved by all who knew her and is survived by her husband, Richard, daughter Wendy and husband Bill, her sons Daniel and his wife Mae, Thomas and his wife Wendy, John and his wife Jilli, and grandchildren Sam and Lauren. A special thank you to Terene Manor, in Windsor, for their loving care and North County Hospice for their support and guidance. A celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, September 6th at 3:00 p.m. at Riverview Club House, 1145 Orchard St., Healdsburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sonoma Land Trust, 822 Fifth St., Santa Rosa , CA, 96404.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 22 to Aug. 25, 2014