Annette Marie Pigman was born on May 13th, 1964 in the original Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital on south 4th street in Hamilton, Montana. She was a third child raised with three brothers on a small farm on Bowman road near Mill Creek. She attended Corvallis Elementary School and graduated from Florence Christian Academy. After High School she entered nursing as her field of choice and graduated in 1985 as an LVN. Then in 1991 she achieved RN status and graduated with Nurse of the Year honors from Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing in Mount Vernon, New York. For a long period in her life she worked as a traveling nurse spending seasons in different hospitals all over the United States gaining in knowledge and experience in caregiving.
Throughout her adult life, Annette fought a continuing battle with the rare genetic disorder Madelung’s Disease. She endured several dozen surgeries to arrest its progress, and really understood the patient side of her profession through spending a few months a year in recovery, then returning to the work she loved to keep the wolves at bay on her rising medical costs. Her lifelong journey of patient/caregiver forged in her an appreciation for quality health care, and her patients praised her for giving the care they received.
After serving a couple of spells as a traveling nurse to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California, Annette took a full-time position there as a staff nurse then soon a charge nurse. Within a short time, she became a Patient Care Coordinator and then a Nursing Supervisor for the hospital. Those closest to Annette called her Net or Netter. As her battle with Madelung’s disease came to its natural fruition, Net moved from supervising nurses at the hospital she loved, to trying to enjoy time at home away from the intensive care she was receiving there. During this time, visiting family and friends were amazed at the level of respect and care for Net by all those she knew so well at Marian. Last summer Netter was finally able to close her time in California and return to the Bitterroot to spend her finishing time with friends and family here. Net considered herself fortunate for the large volume of traveling she did in her life, not only all over our great country as a traveling nurse, but several overseas trips to several countries at a time, usually with close family members.
Net was a well-spring of calm knowledge and genuine concern in the medical community and enjoyed sincere respect for it. She was also an exceptional cook, which was enjoyed by all her friends and family.
Annette was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Chester and Hazel Pigman and Sam and Viola Samuelson; and her nephew Levi Pigman. She is survived by her parents Ron and Corky Pigman; her brothers Chip, RAN and Max Pigman; her sisters-in-law Anne, Char and Karen; her nephews Tim, Tyler and Dillon Pigman and Justin and Josh Merth; her nieces Kaleen Murphy, Kelsey and Karissa Pigman, Mikey Rezner and Belit Pigman; and many younger family members and close friends. Net became a child of God at an early age and enjoyed a life-long presence of his love and protection. She looked forward to meeting our savior Jesus when she crossed over. We, her family, are confident that she is in his presence enjoying her new glorified and perfect form.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Hamilton Assembly of God Church.
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