DELMAR - Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Wait Essex passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2019. Born in Newburgh and raised in Delmar, she was the daughter of the late Fletcher Wait and Frances (Kimball) Wait. Betty Ann was a graduate of Bethlehem Central High School and Flowers Fifth Avenue Nursing School where she graduated with a nursing degree. She married her high school sweetheart David L. Essex. They raised four sons and forged many lifelong friendships together. They were longtime members of Normanside Country Club and the First United Methodist Church. They were founding members and staunch supporters of Bethlehem Wrestling Booster Club. Betty Ann was devoted to her family. She loved watching her sons in all of their sporting events as well as her grandchildren and all of their school and sporting events. When she couldn’t be there, she always asked for an update on how they did. She loved hosting family dinners, dining out with friends and watching her NY Yankees. Betty Ann worked for over 20 years for the American Red Cross before retiring in 1997. After that she and Dave spent winters in Naples Florida golfing and enjoying happy hour by the pool with their friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Health Care Center for their support and compassionate care.
Betty Ann was predeceased by her husband David L. Essex and her brothers Samuel and Fletcher Wait. She is survived by four sons, David C. (Christine), Samuel J. (Dawn), Stephen F. (Michele) and Christopher D. (Trina). She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Dennis (Maria) Drozd, Mark Drozd, Kimberly (John) Palella, Cameron, Lucas, Zachary , Marie and Emma Essex, and great grandchildren, Mariana, Nina, Johnny, Nicholas, Emilia, Georgianna, Willa and Joseph.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Delmar, 428 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. Calling hours will precede the funeral from 12 to 2 pm at the church. Interment will be Monday, May 6th at 10 am at Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Delmar.