Jerry Sansom Hatcher

JERRY SANSOM HATCHER Jerry Sansom Hatcher, 89, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Davis Healthcare Community, Wilmington, NC on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Born December 6, 1923 in Freeport, Texas where she was also raised. She was first in her high school class and a graduate of Baylor University with bachelor's degrees in English and Business Administration. After completing her degrees in three years, she married Dick Hatcher on June 18, 1944 in Freeport, Texas and joined him in Nicaro, Cuba where he was working for The Freeport Sulfur Co. as a Chemical Engineer in the strategic nickel mining industry. She subsequently moved with Dick and the growing family to Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana and North Carolina supporting the family and home life. She was also active in various church and service organizations including: The PTA, The American Association of University Women and The League of Women Voters. However, her primary focus was organizing the family and ensuring the higher education of her three sons. Jerry was a member of St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. While living at Plantation Village with Dick for 18 years, she volunteered at the Davis Healthcare Community and was an ardent swimmer in the Plantation Village swimming pool. Upon the passing of Dick in May of 2007, she progressed to the Davis Healthcare Community facility where she lived for her last six years without complaint under their loving care. She will be remembered at Davis for her cheerful manner and her friendly palm reading of most of the staff. Jerry is survived by sons David and wife Carole from Rancho Mirage, CA; Bruce and wife Elizabeth from Indianapolis, IN and Philip and wife Peggy from Dover, NH. "Mimi" is remembered with love by her grandchildren Paul and Elaine from Indianapolis, IN and Christina and John from New York, NY. Jerry will be fondly remembered for her warm personality, her family centric ways and her expectations for meaningful achievement of everyone around her. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, 2013