Norfolk - Margaret Clarice Hackett of the 100 block of Chester Street passed away peacefully March 22, 2014 in Norfolk after 97 years of an active and independent life until the last few months when she was impaired by a stroke. She was born on January 31, 1917, in Orangeburg County, SC, to Rosalie and W. D. Moorer, Sr.
Margaret was the consummate Navy wife and a devoted mother to her daughter, Frances Moore and her husband, William (Billy) Moore of Norfolk. She was a member of Miles Memorial United Methodist Church. Her many interests over the years included playing bingo, solving crossword puzzles, square dancing, attending the Norfolk Senior Center 60+ Club, and performing with the Saints Alive group that entertained at various senior facilities. Enjoying food while socializing at family gatherings was her favorite activity.
She had been a widow since the 1977 death of her husband, Senior Chief Robert (Bob) W. Hackett, Jr (USN Ret.). Also predeceasing her in death were five siblings, Martha Pigg, Victoria Hopkins, Goldie Van Buskirk, W. D. Moorer, Jr. and Vernon Moorer and nephew Harold Hopkins.
Along with her daughter and son-in-law she is survived by her nieces and nephews Deborah Wilson, Britton Moorer, Jodie Miller, David Hopkins, Melinda Thomas, and their families. She also considered the Moore family her family. They took her in as one of their own, especially Mary Jarvis and Margaret Tinaro. She thought of them as daughters.
Thank you to the staff at The Gardens of Virginia Beach and Autumn Care in Norfolk for being so kind to her these last few months.
A graveside service will be conducted by Rev. Dick Dinges from Heartland Hospice at 2:00 PM, Friday March 28, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. The family will receive friends at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Chapel, 8464 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk Thursday, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.
In her memory, although not necessary or expected, Margaret would love flowers, donations to any charity supporting Navy families or just those who knew her to keep her in their thoughts. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 26, 2014