Obituary – Ann Fleming Crighton Fraser Hakim
Ann Fleming Crighton Fraser Hakim of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. She was 89 years of age. Born June 18, 1929, in KirkcaldyFife, Scotland, Ann left home at the age of 16 for Red Cross nurses’ training in Edinburgh. Ann served with the British Royal Navy throughout the United Kingdom during the Korean Conflict. Upon her honorable discharge, Ann moved to London and worked in an office, but it was a chance meeting with a friend that brought her to America in October of 1955. Upon arriving in the United States as a young, single woman, Ann travelled throughout the country and would eventually settle in Detroit where she worked as a lab technician at Detroit Memorial Hospital. It was at a lunch counter along Woodward Avenue where she would meet her future husband, John Hermiz Hakim, an engineering student from Iraq. Both Ann and John epitomized the new wave of post war immigrants searching for a better future and life for themselves and their families.
Ann and John were married in 1956 and would have two sons, Lawrence and David. Through their hard work and dedication to their family, Ann and John embodied the American Dream that many immigrants strive for. John owned a successful corner grocery store, The Food Basket of Grosse Pointe, while Ann was a dedicated homemaker. In 1968, the family settled in Grosse Pointe Woods to allow Ann and John the opportunity to provide their sons with a good education, introducing them to art, music, literature, and other pursuits that would broaden both Lawrence and David throughout their lives. In essence, Ann and John wanted to provide their children with the experiences and advantages they hadn’t had themselves.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, John Hakim, and is survived by sons Lawrence (Pamela) Hakim and David (Michelle) Hakim, and grandchildren Hannah (Timothy) Meintasis, Lawrence J Hakim II, James Hakim, Benjamin Hakim, Jonathan Hakim and Andrew Hakim. She will be missed by all who knew her.
A visitation was held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, 48236 on Saturday, April 6, with funeral services at A.H. Peters on Sunday, April 7. ahpeters.com.