It’s hard for me to believe, but it has been 20 years since the life of Annette Marie Joseph was lost due to a multi-vehicle accident. Annette was only 27 years old at the time of her tragic death July 26, 1999 near Midlothian.
Since her parents, Stan and Claudette, were former members of my church, Holy Family Catholic Church in McNair and I have personally known them for many years, I felt compelled to write this remembrance of this beautiful child of Almighty God whose life was taken at such a young age.
I realize that it was difficult then and is probably still difficult today for many of you who knew and loved Annette. I know it was extremely difficult for Annette’s parents and her siblings to deal with the fact that this beautiful child of God’s life was taken so early to be with our Lord and Savior in Heaven. However, remember this, God is good at all times, he knows best and who are we to question God.
It is hard to understand why individuals like Annette are called so early in their young life to be with God, but we simply have to trust in God that he needed her with him in Heaven. All we need to do is believe and trust in God, live the type of life he wants us to live and we will someday be with her again in Heaven.
The fact that we are remembering Annette today is a testimony to the lasting impression she left.
Annette Marie Joseph was born March 18, 1972 in Pasadena and lived in Baytown her entire life. She was the second child born to Claudette and Stanford “Stan” Joseph. She, like her parents, was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in McNair.
Annette attended Stephen F. Austin Elementary and was a 1990 graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School. She participated in the sports of basketball and track & field. She also attended Lee College.
Annette had two siblings — Steven Joseph of Baytown and Felicia Joseph of Houston. She also had a nephew, Christopher Joseph of Baytown; and was loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Annette was known by many as a precious daughter, sister and aunt. She was someone who always wanted her friends to share the many blessings she had. She cared for her friends and she would almost do anything for them.
Her warm smile and zest for life will always be cherished in the hearts and souls of those who loved and adored her.
She will forever be remembered as someone who always had a big smile on her face and someone who never met a stranger.
Annette Marie Joseph’s Wake Service and Rosary was held at Navarre Chapel in Baytown. Her Funeral Mass was held on Friday, July 30, 1999 at Holy Family Catholic Church – Fr. Roderick Coates – officiating minister. She was laid to rest at Cedar Crest Cemetery in Baytown. Arrangements were under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown.
Today, 20 years later, we remember Annette Marie Joseph.
J. Warren Singleton is a local historian and resident of Baytown.