7/12/1962 – 8/26/2021
Annette Joyce Gonzales, the most beautiful soul, entered the world on July 12, 1962.
On Aug. 26, 2021, Annette Fisher gained her wings after a fierce two-year battle with cancer.
She passed at Serenity House in Santa Barbara alongside her family and her husband, Dan William Fisher.
Her pride and joy were her husband, her family – especially her beloved grandchildren – and her community of Carpinteria.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarinda Naranjo and Arnold Gonzales. Annette is survived by her brothers, Jody Gonzales, Eli Gonzales and Robert Gonzales, her sister, Jeanette, her children, Kenny Raught (Katrina), Richie Raught, Nicole Hammer (Ryan), and grandchildren, Maddox, Mathis, Maverick, Gunner, Hendrix, Britton and Getty, along with multitudes of nieces and nephews.
Annette and Dan moved to Carpinteria in March 2012. Annette immediately inserted herself into volunteering within the community. She began her involvement with Carpinteria Education Foundation and Orchard 2 Ocean, and then found her home with the California Avocado Festival, where she was deemed “the Queen of Merch” for her glowing smile that never faded despite the long hours of working.
She was incredibly passionate about Relay For Life, most especially after she herself was diagnosed. Despite Annette’s battle with cancer and constant treatments, Annette continued to give, saying it helped her heart. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she created many different fundraisers for restaurants and businesses that were affected, and so many people were appreciative of her efforts.
Anyone who met Annette immediately felt like they were the only person in her world. She had an ability to make your heart smile and to find the most genuine part of you. She made you feel like a better person after being and talking with her. She had this mysterious power of leaving an indelible mark on your soul.
After coming to know her in any way, it was clear that Annette had immeasurable love for her family and her people, and a deep passion for giving back to her amazing community that now holds her heavenly Carpheart forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Annette’s name to Serenity House of Santa Barbara. Services will be held at Carpinteria Lion’s Club on Sept. 19, 2021 at noon.