Barbara Jean Van Riper
1932 - 2018
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Barbara Jean Van Riper passed away June 1, 2018 at her home in Ophir California at the age of 86. She was born February 27, 1932 in Auburn, California. She is survived by daughter, Susan Van Riper (Freedom), son-in-law, Mercury Freedom, son, Jay Van Riper, brother, Ronald L Dorer, niece, Jane Dorer and grandnephew, Nicholas Dorer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lutie and Vesta (Davis) Dorer, her husband Richard Van Riper and nephew Richard Dorer.
Barbara graduated from Placer High School in 1949. She loved her high school years and has taken part in many class reunions. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard in 1950. The couple settled in Ophir where they lived all 57 years of their married life.
Barbara served as Secretary of Ophir Elementary School for 26 years from 1962 until retiring in 1986. She greatly enjoyed her work and her interactions with teachers, students and staff. After retirement she remained involved in the Ophir School community.
Barbara cared deeply about people, she was compassionate, generous, had a good sense of humor and was loved by the many whose lives she touched.
Barbara had a passion for history. She was a member of the Placer County Historical Society in which she held several offices including President. She recorded and transcribed numerous oral histories from residents throughput the area, helping to preserve the history for future generations.
Barbara was one of the founders of the Ophir Area Property Owners Association and, over the years, served as President, Treasurer, Secretary and Board Member of the association which worked to maintain the environmental well being, rural nature, and prosperity of the region.
Barbara enjoyed writing poetry and some of her poems have appeared in local publications. She also loved horses, football, travel, flowers and her home.
She will be remembered for her love of her family and the deep caring she had for the history, people and future of her community.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Lassila Funeral Chapel in Auburn, California.

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Published in Auburn Journal on Jun. 17, 2018.
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June 30, 2018
Barbara and I graduated from Placer High in 1949. She was always active in the Student Council, was also a Cheerleader, and was elected to be the basketball Tournament Queen. Our lives continued in friendship after high school as both her husband, Dick and my husband, Joe, both worked together at P.G.& E., plus they hunted and fished together for many, many years. We spent many happy times together. Barbara was always the driving force in keeping our Class of 1949 in touch with one another, and to this day, the local group meets for lunch once a month.
We have lost a great lady and a wonderful friend. My heart breaks.
Ruth Costa
June 27, 2018
Barbara was long a vital force behind the Placer County Historical Society promoting the history of Placer County through PCHS's website, furnishing most of its content, recording and transcribing many of its speakers, chairing the book committee and working on the Benton Welty historical schoolroom in City Hall. Few have done as much in preserving history. It was always a pleasure to work with you.
Michael Otten
June 19, 2018
I was fortunate to attend Ophir School during her years there as the school secretary. She always had a kind word and a smile for every student, even those who couldn't stay out of trouble. As I grew into adulthood, I quickly learned how important she was to the entire Ophir community. We will miss you dearly, but we are blessed to have known you.
April Maxwell Pay
June 18, 2018
Barbara, you will be missed. In addition to having been a true and respected friend, you will always be remembered as a stellar supporter of the community in which you lived.
Gary G Mapa
June 18, 2018
What a loss. Our heart goes out to all who knew and loved her. She was always nice to us kids in the small Ophir community. I believe she convinced Mr Barnett not to give me a swat because I was to small at the time.

She touched many lives in such a positive loving way.

Toby Cartright
Toby Cartright
June 18, 2018
Barbara was very well loved by all of the children and all of the parents at Ophir School. She way always there to help out whenever needed. She will be grealty missed. I always remember her smile. We will not be able to attend her service because of a previous engagement. With great respect and memories.
Joanne Anderson
June 18, 2018
Donna Howell
June 18, 2018
Mike Lynch
June 18, 2018
Barbara also served as an Officer on the Placer County Historical Foundation Board of Directors and edited several publications including The Foundations of Placer County Horticulture 1850-1900.

Mike Lynch
Placer County Historical Foundation
Mike Lynch
June 18, 2018
As you remember your love one, may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
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