Even though we had never met, Annette played a big part in my life. She was the big sister I always wanted. She could sing, dance, and people loved her. I watched her as a Babe in Toy Land, she had adventures with Zorro, she was a girl with spunk and heart.
When I learned how to read I devoured a Golden Book fiction series in which Annette was the heroine. Oh the adventures we went on in those chapter books! Annette taught me that a girl could have adventures.
Then we met Frankie Avalon and spent summers singing and dancing on the beach. (Well, they did, while I watched them in a nice air conditioned movie theater while I ate Raisonettes.)
After my children came along Annette shared her favorite peanut butter with me.
It is with great joy that I remember what Annette meant to a lonely little girl and great sadness that I say goodbye.
This is my favorite MMC memory of Annette.
Rest in Peace, Annette.