September 30, 1938 – September 14, 2021
Barbara “Barb” Stevens sadly passed away on September 14, 2021 at Palomar Hospital, with a compassionate nurse, Vickey Cassidy, by her side as the family was not allowed to attend.
She suffered a short but fierce battle with Covid. She was 82 years old. Barb was born in San Diego, California on September 30, 1938, to William Hayden and Daisy Likens. After graduating from Sweetwater High School, she became an administrative assistant, eventually becoming one of two executive assistants to James S. Copley – the other being Helen Copley, who married Jim in 1965.
It was Copley, president and publisher of numerous newspapers, including the San Diego Union and the Herald-Tribune, who instilled in young Barbara many of the conservative policies.
which has remained in her forever. Barbara was in charge of Copley’s programming and air fleet. It was in this capacity in 1966 that she met Robert (Bob) Stevens, the famous military aviator who had just been hired as a national editorial designer for the Copley union. They married in 1968 and bought a ranch in Fallbrook in 1972, growing avocados and an assortment of citrus fruits while getting involved in local community affairs. returned to San Diego County, this time to Bonsall. His interests were varied but deeply involved. She was president of the Fallbrook Garden Club and was named “Woman of the Year” in 2000. She was also a life member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and district director of the California Garden Clubs. She has judged numerous flower arrangement and garden competitions throughout the state. Her interest in politics continued for decades and she was a member of the Fallbrook Republican Women, as an officer of that group. She was also directly involved as president of the Terraces’ Homeowners Association. Barbara loved to travel. She obtained her pilot‘s license in 1976 and traveled many miles across the United States in their plane, where she was often a co-pilot. She enjoyed the great outdoors and traveled to countless wonderful places in their fifth wheel. Barbara loved salmon fishing and once landed an almost 60 pound chinook in British Columbia. She was an expert at skeet shooting and had a penchant for good scotch. She was the person you wanted to play on your team for Trivial Pursuit. A short condolence quote from a great neighbor: “Barbara was a special lady to all of us, a longtime resident of the community, spirited, articulate, intelligent, service-minded and grateful, and full of love for all of her. beautiful four-legged dogs. She lived on her own terms, admired hard work and loved beautiful things. “She was predeceased and now reunited with her dear husband, Bob Stevens, and is survived by her trusted stepdaughter, Susan Stevens MacGillivray of Encinitas; grandson, Scott Gilliland; a loving niece, Sandy Stevens Weston, and her nephews, Greg, Cal and Jeff Stevens who are all remembered as always sociable, curious and fun to be with, leaves behind her beloved dogs, Coco and Carlie, and a group of Terraces angels. She is survived by a brother, Norm Hayden, who died in 2017. Services will be private and a celebration of life will be planned. Please send any memorial donations in Barb’s honor to: Retrievers and Friends of Southern California P.O. Box 1822Temecula, CA 92593 (a rescue and adoption service for homeless dogs)
Posted by San Diego Union-Tribune on October 3, 2021.