Funeral held for former Chicago Defender journalist 'Teesee' Hooks

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Family and friends remembered award-winning journalist Theresa Fambro-Hooks Thursday. (WLS)

Family and friends remembered award-winning journalist Theresa Fambro-Hooks Thursday.

Hooks worked for the Chicago Defender from 1961 until late last year, when she officially retired.

The women's chorus at Trinity Church is missing a longtime member as the chorus, congregation and visitors mourn "Teesee" Hooks, 80, the award-winning columnist and photographer for the Chicago Defender when it was a daily newspaper.

She knew Chicago and knew the right people, loved ones said.

The historic Chicago Defender fed the Great Migration of African Americans from the South the Chicago. Teesee a native Chicagoan created Teesee's Town, a column that was more than celebrity news.

She covered the good news in the African American community -- sharing uplifting accomplishments and accolades during sometimes turbulent times.

"She was very loving, warm... likely to embrace everyone and embrace them the same way," said Gloria Jenkins, granddaughter..

Hooks died Sunday, Jan. 31 in her home.

Hooks was recently the recipient of the Defender's annual Women of Excellence Award.

Cheryl Mainor, the Defender president and publisher, said Hooks was a "vibrant woman and an amazing role model and mentor for all of the Defender employees. We are deeply saddened."

The Chicago Defender released a statement saying: "It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our own Grand Dame, Ms. Theresa "Teesee" Fambro Hooks. Teesee passed away today, January 31, 2016 in the comfort of her home. She was 80 Years old. We will miss her greatly and are saddened by our loss. The Chicago Defender sends our most sincere condolences to her family and friends. We will post arrangements for her memorial when they become available. Thank you Teesee for sharing your gifts with the world through the Chicago Defender Newspaper. We are forever grateful!"
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