Former Seward resident Annette Shacklett passed away Jan. 22 at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Wash. She was 67.
Annette was born Sept. 25, 1951 in Tacoma, Wash. to Arthur and Joan Shacklett. She graduated from Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Wash. and studied Fine Arts at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.
Like many of those who confess as to what drew them to the Land of the Midnight Sun, Annette and her boyfriend arrived in Seward, Alaska in the 1980s with the promise of a job. And in keeping with similar results, Annette stayed on after her friend left, making Alaska her home for many years.
She put her artistic talents to good use, working for The Seward Phoenix LOG and continuing her career in Anchorage when Alaska Newspapers Inc. purchased a chain of six rural newspapers, including The LOG. Annette returned to her home state after the demise of Alaska Newspapers, but was lured back to Seward in 2011 as publisher of The LOG and the Tundra Drums.
However, Annette’s journalist career came to a halt when she suffered a stroke in March 2016. Despite the challenges of the stroke and a battle with depression, her humor remained intact, as evident by this Facebook post in July 2018 in reference to being confined to a walker: “It’s kinda like constantly parallel parking. It’s definitely better than a wheelchair but these things could use fat tires and hub caps.”
Annette left Seward in January 2018 and returned to her mother’s home in Duvall, Wash, where she enjoyed tending her herb garden.
Annette was preceded in death by her father and sister, Yvonne. She is survived by her mother; brother Paul and his wife Patty of Racine, Wisc. and niece Heather Colwell.
A small gathering of friends will be held in Seward at a later date. Even though Annette left no wishes, please plant a sunflower in her memory.