With great sadness, we announce that Annette Northcutt Felise, 78, wife of Paul Felise, died Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Annette battled for two years with brain cancer and then brain damage. She passed away at her home in Simpsonville, SC with family surrounding her.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by two sons, Devon Felise (Heather) and Darrick Felise (Anne); three brothers, Thomas Northcutt, Rod Northcutt, William Northcutt; and three grandchildren, Ethan Felise, Owen Felise, and Donovan Dell.
Annette was born in Toccoa, GA. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Sarah Northcutt. Annette grew up in Georgia and Florida where early on she developed many skills (sewing, cooking, fishing, bible study) that she used throughout her life. Annette was active in her church and sought direction for her life through the Bible. Guided by God, Annette became the person we all loved. She was kind, generous and sought to make everyone she met a friend. Annette’s friendship was from the heart. She had a giving spirit that we all wanted to reflect in our own lives.
While working for a launch team at Cape Canaveral, Annette met Paul. A year and a half later they were married. Shortly after marriage, they moved to California and then Kennewick, WA where they lived for 42 years. They were members of Kennewick Baptist Church in WA. Annette and Paul moved to Simpsonville, SC in 2016.
Annette was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. While she loved her family immensely, she always had time to make new friends and share her life with them. Annette was an extremely talented person. She was a professional seamstress, a creative cake decorator, wonderful cook and loved to make things out of wood for the house and boys. Annette also loved the outdoors, camping and taking her boys fishing.
While she enjoyed working with her hands, Annette’s real calling was interacting with people. Teaching became the venue for relating to people. Annette loved to teach girls and women the bible in Sunday School. Annette was also a mentor to young married women. They called her their second mother. She taught immigrant families from all over the world in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and was affectionately called “Teacher” by all. Annette was incredibly selfless and giving of her time and effort to help people, in any way that she could. The world will miss her but her legacy of creating family in everyone she touched, will live with us forever.
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