Freddie Mae Spencer-Hackett was born October 7, 1925 to her parents Fred and Laura Spencer in East Chicago, IN. She was the third child born to this union. Affectionately known as Fred, she received Christ at an early age while attending St. Mark AME Zion Church in East Chicago, IN under the leadership of Rev. Kenneth W. Airington where her faith in the Lord and her Christian walk grew stronger by the day.
Freddie attended East Chicago Washington Elementary School and High School. After graduation, she worked at the Albert Givens Pant Factory until it closed, then she was employed briefly with the School City of East Chicago where she was highly respected and cared for by all.
After she left the School City of East Chicago, Freddie began working at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, IN where she later retired after 20 years of service.
In 1943, Freddie met and fell in love with a handsome soldier, who was home on leave, Charles D. Hackett, Sr. They married shortly afterward meeting each other, in 1944, and they resided in East Chicago, IN for much of their life together. To their union, 10 children were born.
Freddie always had a smile on her face no matter who she saw or spoke with. At the age of 95, early Saturday morning on January 2, 2021, Freddie Mae Spencer-Hackett got her wings and went home to be with the Lord. She will be missed and remembered by her beautiful smile.
Freddie is preceded in death by her parents Fred and Laura Spencer; beloved daughter Toni Hackett-Chandler; four sisters Willie Mae, Evelyn, Thelma, and Susan and one brother Albert Spencer. She leaves to cherish her fond memories her six daughters and three sons Gail Spencer, Charles Hackett, Jr., Wayne (Cheryl) Hackett and Liana Bryant, all of Las Vegas, NV, Freda King of Maryland, Derrick (Myrna) Hackett of Hammond, IN, Kim Bates of Merrillville, IN and Michelle (Leroy) Williams of Riverside, CA; 27 grandchildren; 77 great grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.
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