ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Annette Herbert, the daughter of the late Harold H. Thompson and Mildred Bachman Thompson, was born in Princeton on Feb. 1, 1927, and passed away in her sleep on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at home at the age of 91 years, 6 months.
On Aug. 7, 1948, Annette was married to Roger E. Springer. To this union were born one daughter, Ellen Donnell, and three sons, Donn Elliot, Ruil Thompson and John Roger, and also nine grandchildren, Sean, Jesse, Adam, Ashley, Brooke, Julie, John Jr., Weston and Justin. She leaves seven precious great grandchildren. She was also married to James M. Herbert, being widowed by both devoted husbands.
Annette's early life was spent singing, singing a solo at her high school graduation, later singing the Our Father solo on television, playing saxophone and later teaching and playing guitar and ukulele. She was a synchronized swimmer and lifeguard, Jim Kana race car driver (Austin Healy), saxophone player in high school band, college band, jazz band and Grace Gospel Church band. Annette beaded flower arrangements while in Palm Beach Jr. College's nursing program in the late 60s, and received her license as a registered nurse in 1970. She hand sculpted clay, tailored clothing, did all kinds of "knit-knating" (her Dad's term), enjoyed ballroom dancing, sold Avon on Key Biscayne in the 50s, and totally enjoyed roller skating as a teenager and again in her 70s. Highlighting her many talents and activities, she found the greatest joy in her porcelain china painting, painting for many years for family and friends. Annette will be remembered in the hearts and minds of so many people who treasure a piece of her china.
She is survived by her sister, Eleanor (Paige) Pulliam of Rockford.
A Celebration of Life is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Commons Park Banquet Hall, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Donations in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated by The Wounded Warriors and/or The Paralyzed Veterans, her beloved charities.