OBITUARY

Annette Fleetwood

July 9, 1939December 25, 2018
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Annette Fleetwood, age 79 passed away on Tuesday December 25, 2018. Annette was born July 9, 1939 in Apple Springs, Texas.

Annette was the oldest of 9 children born to Louie and Corene Turner. She grew up in East Texas on the family farm. In 1957, after graduating from Centerville High School in Apple Springs, Annette moved to Houston where she worked for Travelers Insurance and met her sweetheart, Stan. After marrying, they lived in Houston where daughter Laurie was born. Stan’s work took them to Seattle and then New Orleans, where son Russell was born. Soon thereafter, they moved back home to Texas. After living in Houston for a number of years, they moved to Conroe. In 1986, Annette and Stan lived in Hawaii for 6 months – a tropical adventure that resonated with Annette’s love of travel and visiting new places. During their 46 years of marriage, Stan and Annette took many vacations to explore the USA. They towed a camper trailer in the 1990’s. They were season ticket holders for U of H basketball and football teams. Following Stan’s death in 2006, Annette got her passport so she could travel to Peru and anywhere else that might come up on her radar. Annette always enjoyed WOW (Women Only Weekend) excursions with her 6 sisters. She faithfully attended family reunions and loved to visit the family homestead in East Texas. Annette enjoyed beach trips with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, the last being this June at the beginning of her illness. She expressed her love for others through cooking and was famous for her chocolate chip cookies and her lasagna. Annette’s grandson Beau and his wife Lauren carry on the tradition of preparing lasagna today. Annette loved sewing and quilting. She especially enjoyed the fellowship of quilting groups. She made friends easily wherever she went and regularly would hear, “You remind me of...” (a friend or a family member). It was as if strangers had known her for years. She made friends even on the New York subway! Her greatest joy; however, was looking after her grandbabies and great-grandbabies. Annette was a 44-year member of First Baptist Church in Conroe, TX. She served her Lord and Savior in a number of ways:

- as a volunteer at Sam Houston Elementary School,

- as the coordinator, one day each month, at the Soup Kitchen of the Salvation Army,

- in the First Baptist Church Welcome Center,

- taught , alongside Stan, a youth Bible study class for many years,

- worked in Vacation Bible School,

- served with the Priceless Gowns prom dress project,

- devoted her time to Ladies Fellowship at First Baptist,

- after Stan’s death, she was a moving force behind the Shoes for Orphan Souls Shoe Drive. Annette also helped with: Operation Christmas Child, Ladies’ Monday Bible Study, Family Promise, and participated in food drives. During the last 6 months of her life, she made friends with the hospital staff who were caring for her and was affectionately referred to as “Momma” by several nurses. Annette demonstrated the strength of her character during her illness – she fought to the end and maintained a positive attitude when many would have fallen into despair. Annette’s life was one of service and love. She will be missed by many.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Fleetwood family by signing the guest book.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

Annette Fleetwood

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Isabel Gray

January 15, 2019

I met Annette during a Ladies friendship organization lunch. She was well known and she knew so many, I asked her if she knew a quilter willing to teach the skill. annette took my hand and led me to Anna Clark. We became friends and I learned to quilt. I was not a member of FBC but had been visiting for over a year.
I told Annette I wanted to join the church but dreaded walking to the altar area.
Annette said when you get ready I will go with you to the front of the altar. About 2 weeks later she accompanied me and I joined FBC one year ago. I became involved also in The Ladies Friendship organization and there she was also. I will miss her sweet, gentle, joyful servant spirit . In my mind I see her smiling, well, young and beautiful and one day when Jesus calls I will see my friend and share the joy of Jesus and all that heaven is.🌹

Christy Price

January 2, 2019

Annette was the first person to make me feel welcome at First Baptist Church. She took me under her wing, showing me around, even inviting me out for lunch that first Sunday I visited. I will always regret that I did not attend church more regularly and get to know this wonderful person better.

Carol Crockett

December 31, 2018

Where to start! I've been friends with your mom for thirty years and have been the beneficiary of her kindness and her love. She never tired of asking about my family or what was going on in my life. Her upbeat spirit and the twinkle in her eyes lifted me on many occasions. She will be sorely missed!

I wanted to share with you a memory but how do you do that with so many. I remember especially how upbeat she remained during your dad's illness. She seemed to always face obstacles with a smile and a determination to honor God in all that she did. We shared twenty years together in the soup kitchen and another 11 working together in Priceless Gowns. She always loved bagging the dresses for the girls and watching them try them on. She was as excited to see them find the "perfect dress." She dubbed herself the bag lady. It always was something she laughed about. The biggest memory would have to have been when each year she would call me over and tell me that we had to do something about the girls not having their chests covered enough. I would laugh and tell her that although we probably couldn't relate some of those girls just had too much to cover!

The service was lovely! Jeff made a good point when he said that Annette wasn't perfect she was perfect for us. Yes she was! The world was truly a better place because of her. So glad that I had the chance to tell her before she left us. Thank you for sharing her with us!!!!

Pattie Garcia

December 30, 2018

My heart is aching as I write farewell to a dear,sweet friend that I had many years of knowing and loving.I am going to miss Annette so very much,especially every Sunday,as we always were in Sunday School and Church.Then every 2cd Friday of the month as we helped with the soup kitchen ,the monthly ladies luncheons,and December when we gave out cookies at Sam Houston School,and the summers of the shoe drive and Bible School.And of course,I will miss our lunches together at mostly Mexican restauraunts! Annette was a special,caring friend and a wonderful example of Christianity.She did so much for so many and wanted no credit or recognition. Last year she bought a new mattress for a family in need that she didn't even know.She loved all of her family and was so proud of you all. Heaven has gained a beautiful,gentle soul and we who are left behind look forward to being with her again.

Diane Mulder

December 29, 2018

Annette, you truly radiate Gods love and light everywhere you go-including now in heaven. Thank you for all the ways you supported my missions work - you have no idea how much it meant to me. A special thank you for helping my son with his NHS outreach project last spring: you dropped everything to meet us at church to receive his shoe drive donation and completed his paperwork so he’d get the proper credits. Annette-now is our time to celebrate God and His amazing gift of eternal life. What joy to know we will be reunited again in Gods perfect place. ❤️

Arlene Hovendick

December 28, 2018

Annette was always positive and kind. She was diligent in well-doing and was a great encourager. She was a wonderful friend and I will always remember her with admiration and fondness!

Karen Kelley

December 28, 2018

Laurie and Russ and family,
Annette has been my special friend since she welcomed me to the Challengers class. She and I been church pew buddies for the past 5 years as we both liked to go to second service. She has challenged me and supported me throughout those years. I learned so much from her. I will miss her so much but I know where she is and know that one day I will see her again. I know that you all know that she loved you all dearly. She was always talking about you and how proud she was of the men and women you have become.

Praying for you to have the peace that God has promised us.

Karen

John Russell

December 28, 2018

Steve and Laurie,
You guys are in our prayers, please let us know if you need anything.

John & Sandy Russell

Laurie Reeves

December 28, 2018

Roni Sewell

December 28, 2018

I have been in Annette’s Sunday School Class for many years. She always had a smile for everyone and a servant’s heart. She was so proud of her children and enjoyed the time she spent visiting her sisters. Annette will be missed by many here on earth but welcomed into heaven by many more.