Diann Smith, Deetria Horne’s mother, shares a few words about her daughter at the Association’s tree-planting ceremony.

This morning, PPAI staff held a tree dedication ceremony in memory of Deetria Horne, a former marketing manager at the Association who passed away on May 28 following a long battle with cancer. Diann Smith, Horne’s mother, joined staff at the tree-planting ceremony.

Horne joined PPAI’s marketing team in 2012 and worked with the Association’s departments and staff to develop and craft their messaging to membership and the industry. She left the Association in 2016 to focus on her well-being and health.

Smith prepares to take the shovel at the tree-planting ceremony.