It is with broken hearts that the family of Annette Payne, RN, SCM, announce her passing on 7 April, 2014, following her valiant and courageous fight with cancer. Annette was born in Banbury, England to Sylvia and Derrick Greenway, and grew up there as big sister to her brothers Dudliegh and Adam. She was a proud graduate of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS), and was serving in Plymouth when she met her husband Richard who was there on course from the Royal Canadian Navy. She also completed her training and qualification as a State Certified Midwife, before moving to Canada and marrying Richard almost 35 years ago. In Canada, she lived and worked as a Registered Nurse in Halifax, Victoria, Ottawa, and Saint John. In recent years, she had been nursing in the Capital Health District on the 6th floor of the Abbey Lane, and at the Nova Scotia Hospital. Annette was a consummate health care professional who was highly respected and admired by her colleagues wherever she worked across Canada. She was also an active volunteer in the performing arts community in Halifax, and had recently served as President of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Alumni. Annette was known for her energy and fun-loving attitude, whether at work, or at play; and was always the life of the party with friends and family. She especially loved to organize and host dinners, and devoured cookbooks, planning and baking holiday fares well in advance of the season. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. The dear lifelong partner and best friend to Richard, and a loving and caring mother to Rachelle; the cherished only daughter to Sylvia and Derrick, a doting big sister to Dudliegh and Adam, and a beloved aunt to Andrew, Stephanie, Jenna, Mellissa, and Emilie; she was so very proud of all of her family, relatives, and in laws. A very special thank you is extended to all of the health care staff and volunteers on 7A Palliative Care, her home away from home these last several months, and also to the doctors and nurses at the Halifax Infirmary, and to her terrific homecare specialists - Patsy and Kim. Cremation will take place, and a memorial service will be held for Annette in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello St, Halifax, on Wednesday, 16 April, at 14:00. A celebration of Annette's life will be arranged at a later date in Banbury, England, for her many family and friends there. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the QE2 Foundation.

The flag at the Nova Scotia Hospital was lowered in Annette's memory.
With sincere sympathy, Kim Hiscock-Clinical Nurse Educator, Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health Program