Annette Cason Taylor of Camano Island, Washington died peacefully on Friday May 30th 2014, at Warm Beach Health Care Center. She was 90 years old. She died from congestive heart failure, and pneumonia. Annette was born on June 8, 1923 in Samson, Alabama. She is survived by her sister Phyllis Davis of Tallahassee FL, two sons, Mark Taylor of Camano Island WA, Jeffrey Taylor of Seattle, WA, two nieces, Lisa Ray of Atlanta GA, Laura King of Atlanta GA, and two grandchildren, Samuel Taylor of West Monroe LA, and Emma Taylor of Bellevue WA.
Annette was married in 1947, and moved to Seattle soon after, where her husband attended the University of Washington. They settled there after her husband completed college and raised her two boys. After a 14 year marriage, she returned to college to complete her education at the University of Washington, and received an English degree, and a minor in Art. She worked as a graphic artist for the Washington Education Association for 15 years, and retired at age 62. She moved to Camano Island in 1984, and lived out her retirement there. She finally got to pursue her love and passion for art, and began painting. She completed dozens of paintings, and had several exhibits. One of her paintings hug in the state capitol for several years.
Annette was a strong and independent women. In 1986 she took a job in Chengdu China for a year teaching English to Chinese doctors. She made some great, and enduring friends from that adventure. Earlier this year in March, Annette flew by herself to visit her beloved sister Phyllis in Florida.
Annette was a tall, willowy, classy woman, who loved to dress up, even if she was just going to the store. She made a beautiful home on Camano Island with little room left on the walls covered with paintings, and was a wonderful host of many family gatherings over the years. Her laugh was contagious. She loved seeing her two grandchildren at family gatherings. She was a lover of beauty, and it impacted how she lived her life. Her story is a remarkable one considering that she was born in the deep south , and grew up during the depression. She was a hard working, loyal, and loving mother to her two boys.
Annette lived a full life, and was content in the end. She will be deeply missed by her family, and close friends.
I love you Mom.
Annette was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Washington.
Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 27th, 2014 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Stanwood.
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood