Hanan was a service-oriented professional that worked as a college recruiter, advisor, dance coach, and higher education advisor for high school students. Hanan’s mission was to help as many people as possible attend college. In recent years she worked countless hours organizing college fairs, visitations, and scholarship workshops. Her many selfless acts of service have created opportunities for thousands of students to attend college.
Hanan was a devoted educator that loved what she did. She fearlessly spent her life using her energy, light and positivity to advocate for, inspire, motivate and mentor young people in believing beyond what they thought was possible. Hanan was always known to say “This is about the kids”. Hanan deeply believed that every person was a unique, valuable pearl that deserved to be treated with dignity, respect and love. Therefore, she took the time to get to truly know and keep up with everyone around her. She generously used all of her God given gifts and talents to encourage and build up others. Hanan would “stop anything that she was doing to help anyone” and confidently assure them “I GOT you”.
Hanan was raised in Waco, Texas, where she attended Waco public schools. She was known for her huge personality and school pride. She was an active participant in multiple academic and social organizations. After graduation, Hanan attended Prairie View A&M University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Arts in Counseling. While in graduate school, Hanan became a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Hanan was an active member of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, under the leadership of Pastor Freddie Haynes. She was involved in providing collegiate support through the church by helping at the Youth and College Fair days. Christ was the center of her life, and she used the lessons she learned at church to help be a beacon of hope in her community.
Hanan was a phenomenal mother that loved her children dearly. Hanan’s two sons Reyjhan and Javon were the center of her life. “The boys” were included in literally every conversation that she had with anyone. They trusted her wisdom and judgment. They knew that she always had their best interest at heart. She made sure to instill core values that will forever be carried in their hearts and minds. Hanan was very proud of the accomplishments her sons have made and will continue to make in the future.
Hanan was an amazing wife that unconditionally loved her husband. Her love was evident for the world to see. For years, her friends and family heard “I love me some Will!” Hanan married her King on February 1, 2021. The pride and joy she had for her sacred union was authentic. The love Hanan has for Will is everlasting.
God blessed Hanan with a loving identical twin sister, Hayate Ali. Together they entered the world and with hard work and sacrifice, they conquered unthinkable challenges. Anyone who met them never forgot them. The pair shared an unbreakable bond that showcased a genuine sense of care, compassion, and protection. In addition to being an amazing sister, she was also a super aunt who loved and cherished time spent with her beloved niece Maliha.
Hanan leaves to deeply cherish each memory her “forever” husband Will Lacy III, two beloved and “most precious” sons Reyjhan (14) and Javon Veal (13), “Inseparable” twin sister Hayate Ali and beautiful niece Maliha Ali Robertson, loving and devoted siblings Angel and Coty Wright, Chad, Blake, Faith, and Hope Ward, doting parents Earnest and Alecia Ward, dear grandparents Bertran and Mary Bilton, adorable nieces Anayah, Chloe, Gracelyn and loveable nephew Preston Ward, her inlaws Will and Helen Lacy, Eunice and Alex Owens and Kevin Lacy who warmly embraced and welcomed Hanan into the Lacy family.
Hanan will be truly missed by her extended family and loyal friends, Sorors, the entire Education Is Freedom Team, Dallas ISD colleagues and administrators, Prairie View A&M faculty, staff and alumni, Friendship-West Baptist Church family, countless former students and mentees, the Kimball High School Dance Team and Band Members and all of her “school babies”.
She will forever be loved and remembered as a Woman of God that devoted her life to being a great mother, sister, wife, aunt, and friend. “ The Lord said..., “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:23.
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