Annette Susie McPherson

July 1937 – April 2017

About the Service

A burial service will be on May 19th at 2:30pm at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 1st at 11:00a.m. at Crosspoint Community Church in Modesto.

Annette McPherson was born in Cook County, Illinois to Nicola and Susie Nazar and passed away in Modesto at age 79 surrounded by her loving family.  Proud of her Assyrian heritage, Annette was a first generation American who made sure the stars and stripes were always visible to those passing  by her home.  Growing up in Hughson, California, she attended Hughson High School and went to the Assyrian Evangelical Church in Turlock.

Annette’s strong faith in Christ compelled her to serve others, which she did faithfully all her life.  An active member for many years of the First Baptist Church of Modesto, Annette was known for her hospitality and generosity, feeding and nurturing young people both in her home and on choir tours.  Always ready to offer advice or her opinion, it could be said of this petite lady that she may have been small, but she was but fearless.

Annette worked as a licensed vocational nurse for a time, and then at JC Penney for 22 years before working as a yard duty supervisor at Enslen Elementary School  where students affectionately called her “Grandma Annette”.  Even as a grandmother, she had more energy than most people and worked hard at anything she attempted.

The rock of her family, Annette is remembered for her loving spirit.  She enjoyed showing her love for her family by cooking meals, cheering them on through their successes, and could be counted on to reassure those who were hurting.   Annette loved taking her kids and grandkids on fun shopping trips and writing notes of encouragement to friends and family.  Loved ones always appreciated finding those notes in the mail, often written to commemorate special occasions, but sometimes just because.  Anyone she met quickly became part of the family, usually leaving her home with gifts of homemade baklava or other treats.

Annette is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Fred McPherson; children Diane (Jim) Heppner, Jacqueline (Mark) Villines, Chris McPherson, and Jennifer (Brian) Kleiber; grandchildren Zachary (Amy)   Villines, Barbara Villines, Benjamin (Sara) Villines, Katie (Andrew) Love, Kasha Bussell and Victoria McPherson; great grandchildren Kinsley Villines, William Villines, Owen Villines, Carson Campbell, Faith Love, and Ryder Bussell.

Annette is with the Lord, no doubt rejoicing in reunions with those who have gone before her.  A burial service will be on May 19th at 2:30pm at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 1st at 11:00a.m. at Crosspoint Community Church in Modesto.  Please share your memories at www.AllenMortuary.com.


Remembrances

  1. What a dear sweet lady. Annette will be sorely missed
    I will never forget the love she showed us when she came to visit my Bobby in the hospital two years ago.
    She was a wonderful lady and my love to her family.

  2. Annette was such a blessing to Enslen Elementary School students, staff and families. She treated students with kindness and compassion and the students respected her for it. Teachers and parents knew their children would be kept safe and loved when Annette was on duty. She spoiled the Enslen office staff and myself with her delicious homemade baklava. I will miss her smile and her wise counsel. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. She was one of a kind.

  3. Annette was fabulous! She spread her energy and love on everyone she touched….sort of like like butter and honey on hot freshly baked bread. . Anyone who loved her kids she loved and welcomed them into the family circle. Not only did she love you, she became a warrior and defender if any injustice came your way. She was a home maker, wife, mother, grandmother , friend, and a lover of Christ. All will miss her deeply. Prayers go out to the family for healing, peace and the Lord’s comfort and grace.
    Teddie and Ray Bladine

  4. Annette was charged energy in motion. The love of Christ overflowed from her into every life she touched. As a friend of her son Chris and daughter Jennifer whom I grew up with in the youth group at First Baptist, I saw this love firsthand. She loved to iron bed sheets while conversing about anything and everything. She was a Proverbs 31 Godly woman and will be truly missed for not only that but her smile that lit up many rooms.

  5. Johnny and I have been blessed to know Annette, Fred and Family. When we moved to California, they treated us like family. We had lots of fun times together. Annette never hesitated to help anyone, such a loving and generous heart. She truly loved her family. She will be greatly missed…so long my beautiful friend. Love to all. Johnny, Judy, Jason and Hayden.

  6. Annette was such an amazing woman. Always welcoming and accepting. I always felt just like family each time I was in their home. She will be missed greatly. Praying His comfort washes over each of you in the coming days.

  7. Annette touched the hearts of many children at Enslen. She was so warm and kind and always set an example of compassion to everyone. She will be sadly missed but happily remembered.

  8. I’ve known The Mc Phersons 40+ years, and one main trait that sticks out to me is how Annette was such a giving person to her family. She loved them deeply. She was giving and selfless and so kind. I know she will live on in her children and grandchildren. In fact, her children are very much like her. You’re in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. Annette was a lovely, Godly lady with a selfless, giving heart. I clearly remember the day she brought her yummy baklava to our office. She was constantly thinking of and serving others. She is now enjoying her well-deserved reward with her Savior. I pray your minds are filled with sweet memories in the days ahead.

  10. What a beautiful woman of God she was!! Her love for Jesus was evident! What a role model of servanthood and kindness. Her amazing children are a wonderful reflection of who she was– what a legacy!

  11. Annette was an amazing, Godly woman who I had the privilege of knowing and being blessed by so many times. She has left an amazing legacy in her loving children who are so much like her. Heaven has received home a wonderful woman. She will be missed here but her love and legacy live on in her family. Love you all and praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time.

  12. Annette was such a trooper and such a pillar during all of our wonderful high school choir tours. Her wonderful cooking not only filled hundreds of tummys but hundreds of hearts. Her wonderful kiddos are a testament to her Godly motherhood. We pray for the Lord’s blessing, peace and comfort. We love you all.
    Mike and Susie

  13. We have been honored and blessed to know Annette and her dear family. We will miss her and the wonderful lady who sent white boxes tied with ribbon and filled with baklava. We pray the Lord will surround each of you with His loving arms and peace.

  14. Annette was a compassionate and generous woman who never hesitated to help others. Her legacy is reflected in the lives of her children. What an awesome role model!

  15. Annette had a huge heart. Always made me feel welcomed. She was such a pillar. I always admired how much she cared for her WHOLE family and how much she was involved in their lives. She raised wonderful children. Well done good and faithful servant. Heaven is rejoicing! Hugs and love to the family. May your memories be sweet as you huddle together to honor her.

  16. Annette had a huge heart. Always made me feel welcomed. She was such a pillar. I always admired how much she cared for her WHOLE family and how much she was involved in their lives. She raised wonderful children. Well done good and faithful servant. Heaven is rejoicing! Hugs and love to the family. May your memories be sweet as you huddle together to honor her. Love Brenda LaCore

  17. I loved her so much! We had so much fun on high school choir tours. She will be missed!
    She was her families biggest cheerleader.
    Loving memories,
    Vince and Sandy Chase

  18. What a lovely tribute to an amazing woman! Annette was “family” – adopted by us and known as “West Coast Grandma.” She was deeply loved and is missed!

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