Olivia Ann Horn of Fayetteville was born in Black Rock, Ark., to C.L. Horn and Donna Wallin in 1939, the youngest of nine children. Lib (as she preferred to be called) was graduated from Black Rock High School and Arkansas State University. She died after a brief illness on Nov. 10, 2015.
Lib had taught English, worked for the Veteran's Administration, and as a Veterinarian Technician prior to moving to Fayetteville in the 1980's and becoming the Director of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.
Here she discovered her true calling: protector of and advocate for the unwanted, mistreated, tortured animals of the world. She was the driving force behind the building of a state of art animal shelter in Fayetteville, and later, the creation and building of the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County. Lib initiated the development of low cost spay/neuter programs within both shelters. Known locally, statewide, and nationally for her efforts to improve the lives of all animals, she will be remembered for her compassion for both animals and people.
Lib leaves behind two brothers, John D. Horn of California and Ray D. Horn of Kansas, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless loving friends, family, and pets. She will be missed by all.
A service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Monday, November 16 at 3 p.m. Pets, of course, are welcome. Memorials may be made to the Lester Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County.