|20 Mar 2020|
Annette was intelligent and had a flair for languages - she became fluent in French, good at German and in her later years in Cyprus could speak passable Greek.
After school she went briefly to the Lycée Franςais and then to Queen’s Secretarial College in London where she excelled at shorthand and became a legal secretary.
During her twenties she had a brief but very happy period working and living in London, sharing a house with three girlfriends and living an independent life. Sadly, her mother needed her back home and so she had to return to Kent where she looked after her mother until she died in 1960.
At this time, she was seeing Charles Hutton and when her mother died, he immediately proposed and they married in 1961. Suddenly she had a house full of children as she gained three step children: Richard, Brian and Rosie, and in 1964, their own daughter, Caroline arrived.
Holidays were spent on the continent, mainly France, Germany and Luxembourg. Her husband always loved the sea so in the late 1960s, they bought a small yacht, docked at Dover so they could cross the Channel and Annette had to learn ship navigation. Many holidays were spent sailing across the Channel and later on in the Solent.
In the early 1980s Annette and Charles bought a villa in Kolossi, Cyprus and spent most of the year in the Cypriot sunshine. Annette enjoyed the ex-pat lifestyle and visits from family and friends. She got great pleasure from making marmalade from her own orange tree in the garden.
After her husband’s health started to fail, they moved back to the UK and she cared for him until he passed away in 2006. In 2010 she moved to a warden controlled flat and again became friend and carer to many of the residents. She worked in local charity shops until her 89th year. She also found love and a soul mate in later life again with Bob.
Annette had a long life with many happy times. She was always so proud of her family especially her grandchildren. She never forgot anyone’s birthday even when she had eight great grandchildren. During her final illness she remained very lucid (she was still having French lessons aged 88) and loved to talk about the old times. She received many cards, flowers and telephone calls whilst she was in her nursing home from family and friends, old and new. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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