Charlotte Hackin

My name is Charlotte Hackin. I was born on July 4 in Chicago 90 years ago, before women had the right to vote. My father was a doctor, and my mother was a housewife who wanted to be an actress. I have lived through the Great Depression, wars, the death of my young son, losing everything in bankruptcy and my husband having a stroke.

Before we moved to Rockford, my husband and I raised three sons on a ranch. Yes, I rode a horse, herded cattle and milked cows. Through it all, I painted and taught art, and today I proudly remain a working artist. I am blessed with good health, and my goal in life is reflected in the title of a book I finished this year: “Stay Young to 100.”