Mary Hackett

CHARLESTON – Mary Alice “Marty” Hackett, 71, of Kansas, passed away peacefully at her home in the comforting presence of her loving family Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with the Rev. Hyland Smith as celebrant. Inurnment is at a later date in Fairview Cemetery located east of Kansas. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Adams Funeral Chapel, with a recitation of the rosary at the close of visitation.

Mrs. Hackett was born May 20, 1946, at Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of the late Howard and Bertha E. Steppe Egan. She married Robert M. Hackett May 29, 1969, at Imperial, Mo., and they shared 48 years of marriage. He survives

Other survivors are two daughters, Katie N. (companion Charles) Hackett of Terre Haute and Elizabeth (Jim) Ealy of Charleston; two grandchildren, Dylan and Lauren Ealy; two brothers, John (Sherry) Egan of Decatur and Thomas Pat Egan of Paris; half-sister, Cleta Harder of Brea, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends including, Mary Kay Smitley, Sheryl Bennett, Pam Harmon, Camille Baker, Jennifer Reeley, Ron Oakley, Gayle Oakley and Susan Arp.

She was preceded in death by her husband’s parents, Don and Mary Hackett; a sister-in-law, Mary L. “Toody” Hackett; and her good friend and former employer, Ken Oakley.

Mrs. Hackett was a graduate of Paris High School and attained her Bachelor’s in Education degree from Eastern Illinois University. She taught high school in Festus, Mo., and in Kansas before taking time off to raise her family. She returned to teaching after accepting a position at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Paris. Following her retirement she enjoyed part-time work with B & G Greenhouses in Kansas.

She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston and served as a volunteer with the Kansas Community Corporation. She loved nature and flower gardening and was known in town as the summer flowerpot lady. For 26 years, she helped to beautify the town of Kansas by maintaining colorful and attractive floral arrangements in the city’s flowerpots. She volunteered as a Girl Scout Troop leader, was an avid reader and a baker of delicious brownies and pecan pies.

Mrs. Hackett will always be treasured as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a faithful friend to many, and a devoted educator of many young people whose lives she influenced in the classroom and beyond.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mary Hackett Memorial Unbound Fund or Friends of Carle Hospice in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.

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