Lilian Hackett was born in the parish of St. Andrew, the fifth of six children born to Millicent Forde and Ellet King.
As an adult, Lilian resided in Welchman Hall, St. Thomas, and was an agricultural labourer at several plantations in the parish. Although she never married, Lilian had five children and raised them as a single parent.
Her children fondly recalled their mother as a strict disciplinarian who “spared not the rod” for her own children but any child who crossed her path.
Lilian who led an active lifestyle had a healthy appetite. Her diet consisted of vegetables, meat, fish and ground provisions along with “bush tea”.
When she was well into her 80’s, she still walked from the bus stand opposite Pelican Village on Harbour Road, to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital visiting the sick as well as running errands in Bridgetown as necessary.
She was a committed worshipper at Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, in Vault Road, St Thomas.