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Phyllis Riley Horner, 1946 2004

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Longtime Vail resident Phyllis Riley Horner died Sunday, Dec. 19. Phyllis had been battling cancer for 18 years. Phyllis was a full-time resident of Vail from 1968 to 1983, and a part-time resident thereafter.Phyllis was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she attended John Burroughs School for her high school years. She attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1968 with an arts degree. After graduation she moved to Vail where she worked with her brother Ron Riley in a variety of jobs from bookstore manager to restaurant hostess to bookkeeper. Very energetic, she was an avid hiker, runner and skier, and an occasional golfer. She was hostess for the Jerry Ford Invitational Golf Tournament for many years.Phyllis never forgot a birthday, loved the Peanuts characters and never went a day without a laugh. If she had a fault, it was her love of ice cream.In 1983 she married Wes Horner and moved to Denver. Phyllis and Wes had two daughters, Jessica and Abigail. Phyllis became a pre-school teacher and was involved in school affairs with her daughters, and was an active member of the Wellshire Presbyterian Church. The family vacationed each year in Leland, Michigan and spent many weekends in the summer at their condominium in Timberfalls, East Vail.She is survived by her husband, daughter, brother Ron and her three sisters, Donna Hearne, Ruth Grote and Peggy Weber. Phyllis had many friends she talked often of her “one hundred best friends.” She will be deeply missed.Services are being held for Phyllis at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diana Price-Fish Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 22919, Denver 80222 or Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 South Colorado, Denver, CO 80222.


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