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February 17, 1940 -
December 20, 2018

Skagit County native Annette Elizabeth Nordine Doud, 78, passed away peacefully at home in Madera, California, on Dec. 20 after leading a productive, rewarding, fun-filled life despite the effects of cystic fibrosis.

Annette was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Burlington, Wash., to Carl Harold and Violet Roseland Nordine. She was their only child and grew up on the family,s 40-acre dairy farm. She always had a broad smile in family photos, often in the midst of a family adventure or daily life on the farm surrounded by cows, cats, dogs and even a fawn.

She was very popular in school and was elected Burlington-Edison High School's homecoming queen for the class of 1957. She attended Western Washington College, then completed her studies at Washington State University in 1962 with a home economics degree and teaching certificate. That year, she married Richard Batdorf and they quickly had a family with two boys, Kurt and Kraig.

Annette was a creative problem-solver and natural teacher. She made birthday cakes in the shapes of cars and tractors. She was always ready for a berry-picking trip into the woods, so she could make jam, pies and cobblers. She taught her sons to bake and cook. She learned pottery. She sewed shirts for her boys, dresses for their cousins and colorfully wild neckties for her husband. She worked at a sketchy winery in Los Angeles, where she learned that an ounce of marijuana just about filled a cupcake paper cup. She laughed about that after Washington voters legalized marijuana.

She inspired a sense of possibilities, cheerfulness, fairness, independence, wonder, helpfulness, creativity and fun.

After her marriage ended in 1980, Annette put her home-economics degree to use at Tacoma City Light, where she was the utility's public educator and home economist. She tested recipes on her sons and figured out how to bake a cake in a microwave oven. She also advised utility customers that it was a bad idea to cook their Thanksgiving turkey overnight at 160 degrees.

She married Charles P. "Chuck" Doud in 1985 in Tacoma and started the next chapter in her life. While continuing to work in Tacoma, they started the weekly Skagit River Post newspaper in Burlington in 1985 with Kurt in charge of daily operations while they came up on weekends. In 1986, they merged it with the Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times and moved to Skagit County as full-time newspaper publishers.

Annette's friendly, outgoing personality made her a natural at ad sales. She always kept a camera with her and used it to capture beauty of her surroundings when she made sales calls throughout the Skagit Valley. Photography became her hobby.

When Chuck's newspaper career took them to Arizona, Oregon and California, Annette kept herself open to new opportunities. Her circle of friends kept growing, and so did her photography collection. When she retired from newspaper ad sales in 2003, she immersed herself in photography and took up painting. She was an active member of the Madera Arts Council, earned commissions for her original artwork, participated in exhibits, and hosted an annual holiday art exhibit in her house for 10 years.

Annette suffered pulmonary ailments most of her life, but she proved strong and resilient. She never let illness define her. In the last year she learned she had cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections, limits the ability to breathe and damages the pancreas and other organs. She underwent three weeks of testing with noted researcher Dr. David Lee at the UCSF Fresno Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. Lee believed Annette was the world's oldest living cystic fibrosis patient at the time of his treatment.

Annette is survived by her husband Charles (Chuck) Doud at the family home in Madera, California; son Kurt Batdorf and daughter-in-law Christine Valdez, of Mount Vernon; son Kraig Batdorf, on the family farm in Burlington; stepchildren Greg Doud and wife Hallie of Blaine, Elizabeth Doud of Sarasota, Fla., Ann Hernandez and husband Dwayne of Graham, and Mary Doud of Bellevue; and step-grandchildren Keenan Doud, Chloe Doud and Alex Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A celebration of life will be held at 3pm Saturday, January 19th at Central United Methodist Church located at 1013 Tolte Road, Sedro-Woolley.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on Jan. 12, 2019
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