Essie Mae Chambers Hatcher, a longtime resident of Davis, passed away at her home on July 3, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. Her beloved husband of 58 years, Wanless, and family were by her side in her final moments. Despite her condition, her wit and humor never left her.
Born October 27, 1942, in Alabama, Essie was the second child of Willie and Dorothy Chambers. After graduating in 1960 she moved to Kentucky and attended St Elizabeth Nursing School and got her master’s in nursing in 1991. She worked as a nurse at the UCD Student Health Center from 1965 until her retirement in 2003.
Wanless and Essie met in 1962 while Essie was in Nursing school. After long distance courtship, they were married on February 20, 1965, and she joined him in Davis, where they lived ever since.
Essie loved spending time with family and friends on adventures/trips and enjoyed watching sporting events – that included her kids and grandkids.
She is survived by her husband Wanless; grown children Patrick and wife Nancy of Atlanta, Michael and wife Breanna of San Leandro, and David of Arbuckle; grandchildren Olivia, Darcy, Nolan, Isabelle and Elijah Hatcher; brother Reginald Lewis and wife Jeri.
An Open House/Memorial will be held between 10a – 12p on Saturday, July 15th at Smith Funeral Home in Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family would love for people to stop by on Saturday and share their memories of Essie.