Annette Bales Speigel

Born in Knoxville, TN on September 1, 1949

Departed on March 10, 2021

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Annette Bales Speigel passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021. She was born in Knoxville, TN to Robert Porter Bales and Laverne Huffman Bales, and moved to Dallas as a child.

Annette graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1967. Her first job during her high school years was at the Oats Drive Pharmacy soda fountain. She always told the humorous story of making her first banana split for a nice older man. He tipped her very well when he paid his check and asked her to put a banana in it the next time he was there. She met her future husband in church at Easter 1966, and began dating him when he travelled to Dallas over the weekends from college. After graduation, Annette began working at the First National Bank in downtown Dallas, and in 1967 she moved to a new position at the Texas State Department of Transportation and was married in November 1967. Annette’s life-long travel adventures began when she moved to Panama City, FL in August 1968 when her husband started his career in the Air Force. Her sons Michael Shane and Matthew Wayne were born in Panama City. She and the boys joined her husband in Tokyo in 1972. While living and traveling in Japan, Annette discovered a talent for painting, enjoyed local culture and developed her artistic talents with Ikebana lessons.

Over the years, Annette also lived in Miami, Honolulu, Denver, Washington, DC, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Phoenix. She loved to travel and enjoyed frequent trips to Italy, England, Scotland, France, Germany and Austria. Annette was known for her energy and love of life. She made friends easy and led a very full life spending time with family, socializing with many lifelong friends, and painting with oil and watercolor. Annette will be remembered as being fun, funny, loving, and having a sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Robert Porter Bales and Laverne Huffman Bales, and sons Michael Shane and Matthew Wayne Speigel. She is survived by her sisters Gloria Jean Locust of Terrell, TX and Susan Dupre of Magnolia, TX, and brother Larry Ray Bales of Terrell, TX; daughter-by-affection, Jessica McCoy of Monument, CO; grandsons Dylan Keith Speigel of Keysport, IL and Nathan Michael Trevarton of Thornton, CO; granddaughters Taylor Paige Speigel of Hartsville, TN; Mikayla Marie Long of Rock Spring, GA; Destiny Nicole Long of Ringgold, GA; Taylor Ashleigh McCoy of Boulder, CO and Lauren Ashlyn McCoy of Monument, CO; and, great-grandsons Cooper Michael Speigel and Oliver Matthew Speigel of Keysport, IL; and Beckham Nash Johnson of Rock Spring, GA.

Special thank you to her caregivers, Leola Boudreaux and Susan Young & family for their love and support.

Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Annette’s name can be made to Alive Hospice.

23 Comments to Annette Bales Speigel

  1. David Murray
    March 12, 2021 4:57 pm

    We will miss you Aunt Annette until we meet again.

  2. Ira Schneider
    March 12, 2021 7:25 pm

    You will be missed, as you have taken a piece of my heart with you. May you dance with the angels forever

  3. Martha Wheeler
    March 12, 2021 9:02 pm

    My sweet sweet friend I will so miss your wit and you love for Willie Wonka. Fly high Beautiful Lady Fly High

  4. Michelle Wiggins
    March 12, 2021 9:08 pm

    Thank you for praying for our Stella. You were incredibly sweet and although we didn’t know each other personally, I felt very close to you. Thank you for blessing my life with yours.

  5. Karen Sanborn
    March 12, 2021 9:19 pm

    I will miss you my dear friend, I’m sure Willy Wonka misses you, you are one of gods beautiful angels and you are with your beloved sons forever 💗💗💗💗

  6. Beverly White
    March 12, 2021 9:23 pm

    I will miss you my long time friend.

  7. Lynne Gatlin
    March 12, 2021 10:14 pm

    Annette I’m praising God that you are at peace with no more pain.. you will be missed. Willie winks will miss you too. We will all miss the beauty of your posts.❤️❤️

  8. Patti Johanson
    March 13, 2021 2:25 pm

    My dear sweet Annette. I will miss our times together walking through your labyrinth, playing in drum circles with our friends, and experiencing the beauty of the Superstition Mountains as we talked & laughed about life. You will forever be in my heart & thoughts.
    I’m grateful that Michael & Mathew were there to embrace you at the end of your journey in this life.
    Love you😘🥰 Your BFF

  9. Jim Satery
    March 13, 2021 3:54 pm

    Such a sweet, kind, lady. The definition of refinement, class, and elegance. She will not be forgotten.

  10. Jan Wulf Haslett
    March 13, 2021 6:45 pm

    I am sorry that we will no longer communicate and hear your adventures. I was praying for you. God needed you more. You were a blessing to many.

  11. Debra Jolly
    March 13, 2021 7:47 pm

    Annette was a charming woman with a “heart filled with love and empathy”. Her sweet soul has taken flight to join her beloved sons. She will be missed by those left behind, howere we can look ahead to joining her some glorious day. RIP Dear Lady!

  12. Linda Thurman-Fulwiler
    March 13, 2021 11:08 pm

    Beautiful lady, we already miss you.
    A bit of each of us died with you, yet a bit of you remains with us to sustain us in this altered world.

  13. Melanie Ford
    March 14, 2021 1:24 pm

    Thinking of your family at this difficult time.

  14. Larry Bales
    March 14, 2021 2:51 pm

    My sister Annette am sad your gone. I know your in a better place now. I have many found memories of you and jean fighting in the mornings for the bathroom to do your hair and makeup. And getting free frys and a soda at adams drug store.And a lot younger than the both of you. I watched the both of you and learned a lot. My dear sister Annette my you fly with the angels and enjoying havean. I will see you again. You’re loving brother Larry.

  15. Jack T Burnard
    March 14, 2021 3:26 pm

    What a sweet lady.She will be missed.RIP my friend.

  16. Rhonda Chaney Melton
    March 14, 2021 7:44 pm

    Rest eternal grant to Annette, O Lord.
    And let light perpetual shine upon her.
    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

  17. Kimberly Ohde
    March 15, 2021 10:03 pm

    I was so sad to hear of your passing. You will be missed. I will miss our conversations. It’s a shame about COVID, as I was looking so forward to that visit we talked about. You will forever be in my heart. I’ve known you since I was a kid, and enjoyed when you guys would come in to town to visit Denny and Carolyn. Rest in peace an love and we will see each other again.

  18. Jessica McCoy
    March 15, 2021 11:14 pm

    My dearest blue eyed lady, tomorrow I bid you farewell on your final journey. I know how fond you were of adventures, this isn’t our final goodbye as I will see you again. Please say hello to Michael, Matthew and Jutta for me. I look forward to the day we meet again. Oh the adventures we will once again have. You have my heart sweet lady always and forever your daughter by affection Jessica

  19. Leola Boudreaux
    March 15, 2021 11:35 pm

    Annette I cannot express the friendship of loyalty and love that we established. The day I met you I knew we were going to have some interesting time and boy I was never disappointed. You taught me quite a bit with the large since of culture, class and style. I must say you are a woman that did it you way. The last 5 months have not been easy for you but I must say again you did it your way. I appreciate you for allowing me to be in your life. I will always keep your spirit for you will never be alone. Rest In Peace my friend your Angels love you. Aka Leola ,Susan and the real McCoy Jessica

  20. Lauren McCoy
    March 16, 2021 12:50 am

    Grammy Annette you will be missed so very much. You were one of the kindest,most generous, and funny people I had ever met. I will always remember our fun times together and I am sad that we didn’t have more time with each other but I know that you are at peace now with your boys. I will never forget your Donald duck impersonation that always made me laugh. I appreciate everything that you did for my family and I and I will never forget our adventures together of crystal and shoe shopping. I wish that I could have given you a hug just one last time. Thank you again for being there for me no matter what, I will miss you each and every day. Willy and I will be thinking of you every day and I will even tell him stories of our times together. Rest in peace grammy. Love you so very much and miss you forever, Lauren

  21. Taylor McCoy
    March 16, 2021 3:06 pm

    I love you to the moon and back Grammy

  22. Kay Kernek
    March 17, 2021 11:53 am

    I met Annette when we were young brides because our husbands were in the Air Force. At that time, I did not know all of the dress codes the military required. I was in a business related to fashion and I felt well informed on what to wear to a formal event. I had a metallic mini dress that I had worn as a civilian and it was fun and cute. I proudly showed my dress to another wife. She said nothing but she told yet another person who came to me and explained this dress would NOT do. In fact, it was probably scandalous. I was thoroughly embarrassed. Since Annette was my best friend and we had planned to attend the event together with our husbands I went to her. She rescued me! She had had a beautiful long pink formal that she had worn to her prom. She gave me her prom dress. Not loan, it was a gift. I always remember how generous and without reserve she saved my first military event. Annette was a wonderful, kind fun-loving person who could always laugh and find joy in life. I miss her already.

  23. Larry R Bales
    April 14, 2021 9:04 pm

    My dad called her Sally. The only one he nicknamed.

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