Annette May Draper, age 59, passed away on January 6, 2022. She was born in Los Angeles on February 16, 1962 to Diane and John Draper. She was known as Tamara by her family in California as she grew up, then later as “Amazon Anne” by her friends, or “Big Tex.” Anne moved to Texas in 1988 after the birth of her first daughter, Krisanny. Five years later, she had her second daughter, Brina. Her daughters were her pride and joy. Although she only had two children, Anne was mother to many.

While in Texas, Anne bought her home in Longview, Texas. She also started her own business, The Moving Store. Not only did she own the Company, but Anne worked alongside the crew as well. She was one tough, beautiful lady.

Anne moved back to California to be closer to her sisters and brothers in McKinleyville. She brought her Texas southern accent and her homemade delicious cooking. While in McKinleyville, Anne joined a couple of pool teams. She enjoyed playing at Central Station and the Moose Lodge. She was a pool shark.

Anne was one of the most beautiful, smart, loving people you could know. Her laugh was contagious and she always had the best jokes.

Though Anne fought many demons throughout her life, her final years were the most difficult for her. She never stopped having faith in the Lord and would quote scripture often. Psalm 46: 1-2” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.”

Anne is survived by her Mother Diane Norton, her daughters Krisanny Knupp and Brina Coffman, Brothers Michael Norton and Glen Norton, Sisters Brenda Norton, Tina Norton, and Marianne Norton, Grandchild Kinsley Knupp and countless nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.


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