August 2, 1953 ~ April 28, 2021

Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Lilburn, GA

Laura Horner Winebarger, a retired social worker and long-time resident of Lilburn, GA, died on April 28, 2021 at the age of 67 after battling ovarian cancer for 4 years.

Laura is survived by her husband, Robert Winebarger, her two children, Bess and Evan, as well as her two brothers and spouses, Allan and wife Gretchen, and Mark and wife Sue. She is also survived by five loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in dead by her mother and father, Janet Best Horner and Robert Horner.

Laura was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 2, 1953. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 with a BA in Psychology and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from The University of Pittsburgh in 1977. Laura spent over thirty years in social work for children and teens with developmental and behavioral disabilities before retiring in 2013. After retirement she worked as an Autism Care Advocate for United Health Care until 2018. On July 19, 1981 she married Robert Winebarger. Robert received a BS in Recreation and Public Management from the University of Oregon, and a Master’s in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State. He retired in February 2021 after a 30 year career in historic preservation and interpretation. Her children were always her greatest priority. Her daughter Bess was born on March 4, 1988. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University. Her son Evan was born on November 26, 1990 and is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and a master’s recipient of Oklahoma State. Both children currently reside in the Atlanta area.

Laura was a dedicated wife, mother, and aunt. She always put family first. In her spare time, she ran an antique booth at Antiques in Olde Town in Lilburn, and was an involved member of her book and gourmet clubs. Laura picked up knitting and enjoyed making accessories for her family as well as mastered needlepoint. She also had a great affinity for dogs and cherished the companionship of her many golden retrievers. She was also very involved in her church, Central Congregational United Church of Christ in Decatur, serving on numerous committees and boards. Her special place was always the beach, where she enjoyed long walks with family and friends, collecting seashells, and reading books while listening to the waves crash onto the sand. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Laura had a lifelong passion for choral music. In Laura’s memory, the Winebarger family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers.

As an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke, Laura was heavily involved in the choir all four years. On behalf of her beloved time and affinity for her alma mater, please consider donating to Mount Holyoke’s Student Life Fund to continue to enrich women’s lives and their passion for music.

Since becoming a member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ in 1998 Laura has been highly involved with many church activities. Please consider a donation to Central Congregational’s Music Fund on behalf of Laura.

A memorial service is scheduled for noon on June 19 at Central Congregational Church on Clairmont Rd in Atlanta, GA. Minister Scott will officiate. Condolences may be offered at 500 Emily Dr. SW Lilburn, GA 30047.

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  1. CandleImageMy family and the Horner family were VERY good friends when we all lived in Wheeling ,W.Va. (Mid 60’s to mid 70’s) My wife and I were head of the youth group at a Methodist church in Wheeling. I have many great memories of our many family get togethers, vacations together and being part of the lives in the youth group. Laura was a very bright, caring, honest, hard working Christian woman. My heart and prayers go out to her whole family. Hank Darlington

  2. CandleImageRobert, Evan and Bess – my thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you celebrate the wonderful wife and mother that Laura was.

  3. CandleImageI was privileged to work with Laura at Hooper Renwick School for many years. She was a kind, loving, and gentle person, who gave so much to others. She will be greatly missed.

    My deepest sympathy to Robert, Bess and Evan, and all of her family.

  4. Dear Robert, Bess & Evan,

    Please accept my sincere condolences. Prayers for you at this sad time. May your many wonderful memories comfort you.

  5. CandleImageI can still remember Laura’s pleasant smiling face walking through the halls at Hooper. I hadn’t seen her in many years, but my heart aches for your family’s loss. May you be comforted

  6. CandleImageEvan,

    We will never be able fully empathize with your journey as you go through this process, but you have our deepest condolences and unwavering support. You will stay in our thoughts.

  7. CandleImageDid Laura ever NOT have a smile on her face? What a kind and attentive soul! Her presence graced our church, my family, me…..her memory will grace us still.

  8. Mike pelta i am ferinds with Bess w and her mom was a amazing person who changed the world She was always Smiling and a amazing personality and a joy says:

    CandleImageI am thinking that Bess w and Evan w and Robert always a warrior always a legend

  9. CandleImageWe will cherish our memories of our times together. We love you Laura.
    Those that touch our lives …. stay in our hearts forever

  10. Jackie & I are shocking and saddened at the news of Laura’s passing. My brother & I were second cousins to Laura. We hadn’t seen each other in person since we were in our ‘20’s. Laura’s father & our dad were life long friends & with Laura’s help they saw each other via face time shortly before their own passing thanks to smart phone technology. Our deepest sympathies go out to Mark, Allen & Laura’s whole family.

  11. CandleImageWe will be out of town for the celebration of Laura’s life at Central in June. She was a wonderful lady and her smiles, hugs and enthusiasm for life with be so missed. She always served and gave so much to others through her involvement and hospitality. It was a joy to have this wonderful lady touch my life throughout the years at Central and in our Lilburn community.
    Love, hugs and prayers to you Bob, Evan and Bess!

  12. CandleImageExperiencing the death of a wife and mother is so personal that few can understand the grief involved. Laura was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. As for me, I will remember my daughter-in-law Laura as a very special person and will treasure all the years and love we shared.

  13. Robert, Bess, and Evan,

    My heart is breaking hearing of your family’s loss of Laura! Please know you are all in our hearts and in my prayers during this most difficult time. Heaven received a most beautiful soul and I know she will continue to exude her light and love upon everyone who knew and loved her. God bless you all!!

  14. CandleImageWhen I opened this page in May, I smiled at Laura’s photo. It genuinely reflects her joy, laughter, generous spirit, selflessness. I was sad to not be able to gather for her life celebration. I think of you…Robert, Evan, and Bess often as well as the rest of the family. Laura had many talents and was so creative. In my heart, she lives forever as The Original Lavender Queen. May warm memories and her love sustain you all.

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