Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Annette Sykes Morroni, 66, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla.

She was a fifth generation "Conch" and graduate of KWHS Class of 1964, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club, homecoming queen and captain of Conchettes. She was a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned her bachelor's in English and later earned her master's in education at the University of South Florida.

She met and married the love of her life for 44 years, Henry "Hank" Morroni, while attending UF. She moved to Fort Myers upon graduation, became an educator in the Lee County School system, a master gardener and worked alongside her husband in the family flower farm business. Throughout the years, she was a community leader with involvement in many outreach programs and civic organizations, earning numerous accolades and great respect among her peers. She served as trustee on several educational boards and was instrumental in coordinating major community fundraising events. Her endless hours of volunteer work were unparalleled. She was a devoted mother to three children and grandmother to three, who were the light of her life.

Annette was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents and her father, Grady B. Sykes.

She is survived by her loving mother, Faye Niles Sykes; her beloved husband, Hank; her children, Dr. Chelsea Jarvis (Dr. Joe), Chloe Morroni, Tristan Morroni (Kristen); her grandchildren, Miles and Nicholas Jarvis and Wyatt Morroni; her brother, Grady Sykes; sisters, Marilyn Sykes Bryant (Andy) and Karen Sykes Yanchunis (Dr. James); nephews, Grady Sykes III, Bradley Sykes and Adam Yanchunis; niece, Autumn Yanchunis; and uncle, George H. Sykes (Vera).

A celebration of her life will be planned for a later date in Fort Myers.