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Barbara Macon of Duluth passed away May 12, 2021, surrounded by her four loving daughters. Prior to her passing, she spent a perfect last Mother’s Day weekend doing what she loved most; on Saturday she Stewarded a horse show, and on Sunday she relaxed with her family.
An Atlanta native, Barbara grew up in Morningside and graduated from Grady High School. Recently, in 2019, she enjoyed a visit with old friends at her high school class reunion. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Her life’s passion began as a young girl when she fell in love with horses. She remained passionate about horses, and the equestrian world, her entire life. From 1960 to 1981, Barbara managed a six stall barn located at the family home in Brookhaven. There Barbara instilled her love of horses to her children and countless neighbors, from beginners of all ages to developing champions.
Barbara was a trainer, judge, and high school equestrian team coach (I.E.A), and served as a board member, and Steward, of the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association (G.H.J.A.).
Her experience, knowledge of rules and procedures, and proper conduct at horse shows, earned her the position as Head of the Steward’s Committee of the G.H.J.A.. She hosted well over fifty G.H.J.A. rated and non-rated horse shows. For over sixty years, Barbara purchased, sold, and trained horses and ponies.
Barbara was an esteemed member and foxhunter with the Shakerag Hunt Club for twenty years. She oversaw the riding program at Camp Illahee in Brevard, N.C., from 1970 to 1973, and particularly enjoyed that her four daughters joined her in these endeavors.
An excellent role model, Barbara was honest, efficient, and organized. You could always count on her to speak candidly and honestly. She had a profound impact on everyone who knew her and will be missed by all.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Macon, and two brothers. Barbara is survived by four daughters: Laurie Topping (Tom), Lynne Tanner, Jan Wolbrecht (John), Jenny Vanderslice (Rod), ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, May 25th at 2:00 PM in the covered arena of the Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta. Casual attire is acceptable.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wills Park Equestrian Foundation. https://willsparkfoundation.com/ or The Bill Russell Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization created by the Russell Family in his memory. It is dedicated to helping horsemen and their families in times of need. The mission of the BRM Foundation is to carry on his tradition of generosity and horsemanship and to support the equestrian community as they were. Online donations may be made via PayPal at paypal.me/BRMFOUNDATION