Another Angel got her wings today. A faint tinkling bell rang about 6:32 pm tonight as Mary Evelyn Hackett, beloved mother, sister, daughter, friend and beautiful spirit was welcomed into heaven. All that knew her, know, she was escorted by our Lord Jesus Christ, her guardian angel, her name sake the Virgin Mary and many angels and saints. She will join her late husband Leonard P. Hackett, her mother Annie Portman, her sisters Louise Keys, Verda Philomena Portman, granddaughter Lori Catherine, nephew Joe Fancher family members Jerry Fancher, Glen White and loving friend and companion John Sterling. Mary Evelyn Portman, a gracious southern bell was born in Elizabeth Town, Kentucky, on March 21, 1922. As a girl in Kentucky she learned the value of country life and southern hospitality. She moved to California in 1942 with her mother and her sisters. In California she reunited with her sweetheart Sgt. Leonard P. Hackett and was married on January 8, 1944 in Los Angles. Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother. Her family always came first. She was a very valuable employee of Tele-Autograph Electronics, Inc. for thirty seven years. She worked her way up from assembly worker to floor manager. Evelyn was well known in the community of Lawndale, where she lived most of her adult life and raised her children. In Evelyn's home all were welcome; there was always room for more at the table. Evelyn is most known for her loving and gracious demeanor, wonderful smile, quick wit, and open arms. A kind word, a big hug, a soothing cup of tea to sip, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or a positive word is the legacy she leaves behind. All will miss as well as remember those special moments spent with her. Evelyn will be always in the hearts and prayers of her family. Her children; Carol Ann Hackett Skramstad, Joan Marie Hackett, Ed and Yasimine Hackett, Paul and Karen Hackett. Grandchildren; Layla Skramstad, Sid Giacomo, Darshana, Scott, Azad Hackett, Shereen Hackett, Chelsea Watkins, Beau Kahn, Bret Hackett, Briette Snook . " WaWa", as she was enduring called by her 11 great-grandchildren, Colin Giacomo, Adam Giacomo, Nina Scott, Christopher Watkins, Weston Kuhn, Hank Kuhn, Cecilia Kuhn, Stella Snook, Hana Snook, Ruby Hackett, and Van Hackett. The family wishes to thank Michael Krist for all the love and devotion and care he gave to Evelyn. Evelyn will continue to look down upon her family and friends with love and devotion from her new home of light and peace. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Thursday December 19, 2012 from 4 to 6pm, with a Rosary from 6pm to 7pm, and a Wake from 7 to 9pm. The Service will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Saturday December 22 at 12:30pm. Burial will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in the name of Carol Skramstad.

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