A long-time member of Hillside Baptist Church, Hazel Marie Flack showed her strong faith by always helping others, her son James Flack said.
Flack, 87, of Crown Point, enjoyed listening to children recite their memory verses at Vacation Bible School and serving them snacks. Family was important to her and she prayed for hers daily.
“The women of the church called her ‘the ringleader of the prayer wheel,’” James Flack said. When asked during a Bible study about the most unusual place she's prayed, Flack responded “under a car.” James Flack said his mother had crawled underneath it to hold an injured woman’s hand until help arrived.
Flack was instrumental in starting the church's annual Harvest Dinner to aid those alone during Thanksgiving.
James Flack said his mom had a great sense of humor, which she passed on to her children.
“She didn’t dwell on the negative,” James Flack said. “She was a very positive person. She felt faith would carry her through all adversity which came along.”
Married to her late husband James for 45 years, Flack was a stay-at-home mom who raised five sons in a farm-like situation.
“That is where we get our work ethic,” James Flack said.
Flack taught her children “to keep the faith and don’t let life’s troubles put you off track,” her son said.
With 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, Flack always took being a devoted grandmother an extra step, he said.
Flack had the gift of hospitality. Serving as a deacon for many years, she visited people in hospitals and nursing homes. She helped organize funeral dinners and wedding receptions and brought meals to families who had new babies.
“She was always available for family, friends or even strangers,” James Flack said. “She truly loved people and people loved her.”