Bessie "Nana" Hester Traynham, RN was born on November 26, 1939 in Cheraw, South Carolina to the late William Thomas Shields and late Willilie Smith Shields.
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Bessie graduated from Cheraw's Long Hill High School in 1958. After graduation, she married the late Hilliard Traynham in Cheraw, South Carolina later on in 1958. Soon after, the married coupled travelled North to New York City and settled in the borough of Brooklyn. Bessie and Hilliard had two children, the late Sharon Traynham and late Stephen Traynham were born one year apart. Bessie layed her husband to rest but was left to take care of two sickly children living with sickle cell disease.
While determined to be a provider and caretaker for her children, Bessie obtained her AA/BA in Nursing and educated herself on how to better take of her children simultaneously. Ten years after her husband went to glory, she was so blessed to have fallen in love again with her lifelong partner Robert "Poppy" Chambers. Bessie graduated as a Registered Nurse with a AA/BA in Nursing and lived to be an exceptional Intensive Care Unit -Registered Nurse at Interfaith Medical Center. Her skills were unique and she had a heart for the patients she served.
Bessie grew up in a household of parents who worshipped and served the Lord. Throughout the years she always knew to trust and depend on God for everything and taught her children the same. Her daughter, Sharon Traynham, introduced her to Greater Free Gift Baptist Church where she re-directed her life and was baptized in 1993. She had a heart to not only serve in the hospital but to serve as a nurse to Bishop William Raymond Whitaker, JR., who she loved and cherished as a son. She inspired , trained and mentored others at her church to serve as faithful, dedicated, and attentive nurses as well.
On Friday January 25, 2019, Bessie Hester Traynham, loving "Nana" went back home to be with the Lord at the age of 79.
Bessie Traynham was preceded in death by Stephen and Sharon, her father, William, her mother, William, her brothers, Robert and Ernest, her sisters, May, Dora, and Annie Melvin, her nephew, Micah. Bessie is survived by her life long partner Robert Chambers,granddaughter Kenesha Traynham-Cooper, her great granddaughter, Amira -Dior, one sister, Clara Shields of SC, one brother , Emmett Shields of SC, and a host of family and friends.