Annette L. Zeider
July 13, 1942 – February 3, 2018
On Saturday February 3, Annette passed away at her home in the Villages where she was a resident for 15 years. She was a breast cancer survivor but it appears that heart conditions and diabetes may have finally caught up with her.
Annette was born in Roanoke, VA to Anna Mae and George Lucas. She attended Cave Spring High School graduating in 1960. She went on to James Madison University and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught for one year in Roanoke, VA. In 1965 she married Franklin H Pritchard III and lived in Gaeta, Italy while he served in the US Navy. In 1969 her only child Franklin H Pritchard IV was born. In 1980 Annette and her first husband separated and divorced. She remarried in 1987 to Benjamin Zeider. They remained married until Ben’s unfortunate passing in 2001.
Annette was a world traveler, enjoyed spending time with her family and was involved in charities with her sorority sisters. She traveled to every continent but Antarctica, with the majority of her traveling being done with her second husband Ben. One of her last trips was a river cruise on the Mississippi River with her granddaughter, Patricia. Other trips she took with her son and granddaughter included Spain, Mexico and a river cruise in central Europe.
Annette’s work history changed over the years, but her first love was teaching. She loved working with elementary school aged kids. She also volunteered in adult education programs teaching people to read.
Annette was an active member for 30 years of Beta Sigma Phi, an international cultural and philanthropic organization. She served in all capacities and in the many cities in which she lived. She was active in her chapter’s many activities as well as serving on the San Jose Area Council. Her participation will be missed.
After moving to the Villages in 2003 she continued to be active in many committees here as well as volunteering to drive for the Villages Medical Auxiliary (taking residents to their medical appointments). And she will also always be remembered as the lady in the sequined Red Hatters Cap with a smile on her face.
Annette is survived by her son Frank Pritchard, granddaughter Patricia Zeider, stepdaughter Melissa Zeider, stepdaughter Kathi Tapia and stepson Martin Zeider.
A memorial service will be held at the Vineyard Center clubhouse in The Villages on March 3, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm.