Annette Leslie Seifert Cook, 48, of Malibu, died Saturday, Dec. 29 after a courageous battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Malibu Jewish Center, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.
The family released the following statement:
Cook married Stanley William Cook on Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997 in Los Angeles and was the mother of three sons, Grayson William, 14, Chase Clayton, 13, and Preston Thomas, 8.
Annette was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on April 2, 1964 to Lester and Bonney Thomas Seifert. She was first runner-up to Miss Teen Wisconsin in 1981 and graduated from Kiel High School, Kiel, Wisconsin in 1982. She attended both the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, as well as Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton.
In 1994 Annette founded Barefoot Dreams, a manufacturer of luxurious blankets and loungewear. Shortly after launching Barefoot Dreams, she met and married Stan, the love of her life. Together, the two continued to grow and develop the company in Malibu. The joys of her life were her husband and their three sons. They provided her with constant love and inspiration. Barefoot Dreams allowed her to achieve her dream of being able to stay home with her children and teach them the importance of a strong work ethic and the sense of family as the priority.
Annette is survived by her husband, Stan and three sons, Grayson, Chase and Preston, all of Malibu. She is further survived by a brother, Michael Seifert and his wife Laurie of Madison, Wisconsin; a sister, Pamela Seifert Twohig of Mequon, Wisconsin; a brother, Thomas Seifert and his wife Karen of Scottsdale, Arizona; a brother, David Seifert and his wife Sandra of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and a sister, Jane Seifert Curley and her husband Michael of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; her mother-in-law, Carolyn Copes of Burbank, California; a brother-in-law, Steven C. Cook and his wife Ivy of Glendale, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Bonney Seifert; her father-in-law, Clayton R. Cook; and her stepfather-in-law, Wilson B. Copes.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Annette’s name at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Southern California, which can be found at www.uscnorris.com/AnnetteCook.