Ann Barker, an avid steeplechase supporter who chronicled the sport in the pages of Daily Racing Form and other publications, died Sunday, April 3, at her home in Camden, S.C. She was 79.
Born Elizabeth Ann Emerson in Gainesville, Fla., she was an avid horsewoman and showed American Saddlebreds in northern Florida. In the 1950s, she was a model for Life magazine.
After her children were grown, she became deeply involved in steeplechasing and, among other activities, prepared the statistical records of each race, known as charts, for Daily Racing Form. She also covered the flat-racing sport at Atlantic City Race Course and Calder Race Course for the newspaper in the 1980s.
She retired to her home in Camden in the early 1990s and tended her garden and her beloved dogs. At the time of her death, she was at work on a novel.
She is survived by three children, Jesse, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel; Gerry, a U.S. Navy commander; and Ann; and six grandchildren. A memorial service was to be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Camden at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. She was buried with family members in Gainesville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Walter M. Crow Animal Shelter in Camden.