EVANS MILLS Essie Marie Davis, 55, of Elm Ridge Road, Evans Mills, NY died Monday, January 9, 2012 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown. Born July 30, 1956 in Watertown, NY, she was the daughter of the late Durwood and the late Thelma Davis Lashaw. She graduated from Indian River Central School in 1974. She married William E. Davis on May 30, 1975 at the Episcopal Church in Evans Mills. Mrs. Davis was employed her whole life in the food service industry. She started as a waitress at the Harvest House (Woolworths) in 1975. She later ran the Medical Center Coffee Shop in Watertown. She also worked at Indian River Central School in the food service department. For the last ten years she was employed at Bob Evans Restaurant in Watertown as a cook. She devoted her life to loving her family. Not only her immediate family but also to anyone that needed her. She and her husband opened their home to William Matteson who became her adopted son from the time that he was a young teen. Many young people referred to her as "Mom". Mrs. Davis enjoyed four wheeling with her family and friends, fishing, playing cards and traveling to see her son. She was devoted to her grandchildren and was a loving sister and aunt. She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Bill; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Major William D. and Everetta, Colorado Springs, CO, Raymond E. and his companion, Yvonne Marshall, Depauville, and Benjamin P. and his companion, Tonya Roy, Evans Mills; a daughter and her husband, Angel A. and Michael Howard, Watertown; 10 grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Ann and Phillip Gilchrist, Evans Mills; nieces and nephews. The funeral will be 10 am Saturday at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa. Burial will be at Evans Mills Cemetery. Calling hours are 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Depauville United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made by clicking on the Send A Condolence link found at the bottom left of this page.