July 22, 1930 – Feb. 6, 2016
Wanda H. Hatfield, an award-winning public health administrator who developed a system for mobile health testing, died Saturday in her home in Eden after a year’s illness. She was 85.
Born in Buffalo, the former Wanda Steeves was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Erie County Technical Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College.
Mrs. Hatfield was a dental hygienist and educator for Erie County BOCES, then worked for the Erie County Health Department as a public health administrator, where she instituted mobile units for testing for diabetes and high blood pressure.
She tested thousands of people at the Erie County Fair. Her Senior Healthcare program was honored as best in the state by former Gov. Mario Cuomo. She retired in the mid-1980s.
In retirement, she served as volunteer at Collins Correctional Facility, teaching literacy to the incarcerated.
Active in the Erie County Republican Party, she was a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention and a leader in her town Republican committee.
She also was active in Eden United Methodist Church and the Alice Hines Circle at the church.
She married her college sweetheart, James M. Hatfield Sr., in 1950. He died Nov. 25.
Survivors include a son, Dr. James M. Jr.; two daughters, Deborah A. Yancey and Cynthia H. Koener; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Eden United Methodist Church, 2820 E. Church St., Eden.