Annette David(1926 - 2012)

Annette Alderman David

Annette Alderman David, age 86 of Shreveport passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012. Arrangements are being handled by Forest Park Funeral Home, 1201 Louisiana Ave, where the family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, Monday, October 29, 2012. Graveside services will be 10:00am, Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Forest Park Cemetery on St. Vincent's Ave., with Rev. A. G. Simms, Jr. officiating.

Mrs. David was born: August 17, 1926 at the Highland Sanitarium in Shreveport to John Grover Alderman and Mary Wamsley Alderman.

Left to cherish her memory are: her husband, Justin J. David; two daughters, Kathy Pickens West and husband, David, Marianne Pickens; three step children, Mary, Margaret and George David; three grandchildren, Eric Willis and wife, Rebekah, Mary Elizabeth West and Mark West, Jr; 1 great-grandchild, Luke Willis as well as a host of friends.

She graduated C.E. Byrd High School at the age of 16 and attended LA State Normal School from 1942-1944, majoring in Journalism, where she was the Editor of "Current Sauce". Running out of money for her Junior/Senior year, so she got a job at Highland Hospital as a Nurse Aide. However, during WWII, they were signing up people for the US Cadet Nurse Corps, so she I joined, which, as she often remarked "turned out to be the best decision she ever made" as it launched her on a 40 year career as a nurse.

In September of 1944, she was sent to Centenary College for pre-clinical training then to Highland Sanitarium to complete the 3 year course.

Her nursing career included four months of private duty at the VA Hospitals in Alexandria, LA, Perry Point, MD, and Shreveport, LA. In 1953 she was selected as Supervisor of Psychiatric Nursing at the Charity Hospital and organized the transfer of patients to the new Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Subsequent positions included Staff Nurse at Highland Hospital, Office Nurse for 2 Nurse-Psychiatrist at Highland Clinic from April, 1954 to May, 1966; Schumpert Hospital Night Supervisor, Psychiatry Unit, during the summers of 1964, 1965 and 1966. She was Camp Nurse at Sylvania of the Rockies in Bailey, CO, a camp for girls and as camp nurse she was able to take her daughters to enjoy the experience with her.

In 1971, she returned to the VA Hospital in Shreveport as Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry until her retirement in 1987.

Throughout her career she continued her academics training whenever she was near a college or University. She received her BS in Nursing from Northwestern State University and later, her MSN in Psychiatric Nursing in June, 1970. She was a member and active participant in ANA and NLN, serving on numerous and held offices on local and state levels. She was most proud of receiving a numbered Red Cross Pin for her many volunteer activities in the local area. She was in demand as a speaker in many LA schools of Nursing and other groups and venues around the state including tracking medical students at LSU in Shreveport.

She was the first nurse in LA to be certified by ANA as a clinical specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is also listed in Who's Who in U.S. Nursing.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Heritage Manor-Stratmore for their loving care and kindness. Memorial donations may be made to the donor's .


Funeral Home

Forest Park Funeral Home - Shreveport
1201 Louisiana Ave.  Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 221-7181

Published in Shreveport Times on Oct. 29, 2012