Annette B. Weyerhaeuser|
Annette Weyerhaeuser, a dedicated
Christian, died peacefully on September 16, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 26, 1914 in Seattle, Washington to Joseph C. and Jane C. Black. She attended St. Nicholas School in Seattle and graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The summer before her senior year in college, Annette met her husband, Dave, a young Yale graduate from St. Paul, Minnesota, who had come west to work in the forest products industry. They married in 1937.
Throughout her life Annette was involved in community leadership in the Tacoma areas. She served as a board member of the Tacoma Art Museum, Forest and Stewardship Foundations, Tacoma Girl's Club and Annie Wright School. Additional community involvement and membership included Aloha Club, Sunset Club of Seattle, Children's Home of Tacoma, Skyline Presbyterian Church and Tacoma Community College where she was the recipient of an honorary degree. She was also a founding member of the City Club of Tacoma.
Annette spent many years leading small group Bible studies and she enjoyed giving the Children's Message at Skyline Presbyterian Church. She also worked for thirty years as a mental health counselor. A naturally loving, gifted listener, she was able to put everyone she met at ease. Those who were fortunate enough to know or work with her felt the sincerity and depth of her care and love. Family, friends and patients would agree that exposure to her love enriched and changed their lives.
Annette was always interested in social issues as well as education and the arts. Much of her charitable giving went toward educating young people and supporting Christian organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world. She had a deep appreciation for the arts and supported all forms: visual, music and theatre.
Annette enjoyed horseback riding for most of her life and spent a great deal of time riding in the beautiful desert mountains surrounding Palm Springs, California. In her early sixties she started taking ballroom dance lessons and before long was entering competitions and bringing home trophies. She enjoyed traveling and visited Europe, Asia and South America, which gave her a great appreciation and understanding for the diversity of the many different cultures around the world.
It was usual for Annette to take long walks, up to five or six miles a day, into her early nineties, mostly for her own health, but also to exercise her beloved dogs.
Annette was predeceased by her husband of sixty-two years, C. Davis (Dave) Weyerhaeuser. She is survived by her children: daughter Jane McFee, son Bill (Gail) Weyerhaeuser and daughter Terri (Alfons) Emge; grandchildren: Kate, Lee, Drew, Ben, Jeff (Tegan), Andrea (Adam), Whitney and Rebecca, great granddaughter Olivia and her closest friend Jean Flora.
We wish to acknowledge and thank Annette's loving caregivers: Dianne Frothingham, Kathy Gonzales, Alicia Ignacio, Mary Muthemba, Megan Buselmeier, Valandrea Jones, Multicare Hospice nurse Tina Lewis, and others who cared for her over the years including Naomi Montgomery and Jane Oberg.
A memorial service will be held at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Avenue, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial gifts in honor of Annette can be made to: Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd., Tacoma, WA 98406 or The Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402.
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Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, 2013