Dorothy Correll Quesenberry

November 22, 1937October 3, 2013

Dorothy Correll Quesenberry of Williamsburg, 75, “Dorothy Faye” as she was known by those closest to her, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 3, 2013. She slipped away while at home, surrounded by her grandchildren and her beloved husband Sonny. Dorothy was born in Christiansburg, VA on November 22, 1937. Always an avid learner, she graduated from Christiansburg High School and attended King College where she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelors degree in English. She was hired in Newport News at Warwick High School in 1959. Always a lifelong learner, she graduated with a Masters in Education from William and Mary. She spent the majority of her teaching career as a 12th grade English teacher at Menchville High School before retiring in 1989. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Hazel Correll of Christiansburg, VA. She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Guy H. “Sonny” Quesenberry of Williamsburg. They met in 1959 while he was attending Clemson on a football scholarship and have been together ever since. On June 17, 1961 they were married at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church. Their marriage was one to admire and emulate. Dorothy leaves two children, a daughter, Harriet Quesenberry Stevens and her husband Kirk Stevens of Newport News, VA and her son, Guy H. Quesenberry Jr and his wife Stephanie L’Heureux Quesenberry of Dugspur, VA to savor her memory. Dorothy adored her grandchildren Ashleigh Matthews, S. Kyle Wightman and Shelby Raye Wightman. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law Frank and Alice Correll of Lexington, VA and her beloved nephew Frank Correll Jr. of Fairfax. Dorothy was an inspiration to all who knew her especially how she valiantly battled Multiple Sclerosis for more than 25 years. Before MS, she loved playing piano, sewing, bike riding, eating chocolate, and helping others. She was an active member of Denbigh Presbyterian Church. Dorothy continued to read and do crosswords; her knowledge about English never waned. She was the picture of grace and charm, intelligent, witty, kind and thoughtful. Our gift from heaven is now back in heaven. The family invites you to join them on Saturday October 12th at 3pm at Denbigh Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA to pay tribute to a life well lived. In lieu of flowers they request donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, National MS Society PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163 be made in her name. Online condolences may be offered at


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Pam Rowell

April 6, 2014

You never forget the teachers who taught from the heart. Mrs. Quesenberry was my tenth grade English teacher at Warwick High School. She was tough but compassionate. She treated each student with dignity and kindness. I was fortunate to have known her; we were all blessed by her presence.

Betsy Ross-Edison

October 19, 2013

When Dot Quesenberry was my teacher at Warwick High, it was 1960 and she was Dorothy Correll. I remember her as a tall, slim young woman whose hair was always nicely styled! She was a no-nonsense English teacher and if I could talk to her today, I would tell her that thanks to her great teaching ability, I was able to earn a Phi Beta Kappa degree in English Literature at U.C. Berkeley and be invited into their PhD program. I have since gone on and done different things, but all of my teachers at Warwick High in those by-gone days were excellent and Dot among them gave us the love of learning that kept me going in life. I am so sorry for your loss and I assure you that "Miss Correll" had a positive impact on my future and, wish I could tell her, that I have written a book! May God bless you and your family and give you strength at this time of loss.
From Betsy Ross-Edison, Williamsburg, VA

Paul Mannon

October 17, 2013

Sonny, I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength in the days ahead.

Dicky Powell

October 16, 2013

Mrs. Quesenberry was a wonderful teacher. I had her for English in both the 10th and 11th grades at Warwick High School in 1959 and 1960. I think it was in the first class that she had ever taught, she was Miss Correll then. On the first day she laid down the law, boy was she tough, you didn't dare step out of line in her class and she was like that for the entire first semester, I hated her. Then in the second semester she lightened up a little and became the "BEST" teacher that I ever had. I think if it hadn't been for her I would have never graduated from high school. I remember her like it was yesterday, she was so caring and so helpful to me I still think of her with the highest regard and respect. I ran into her about 20 years after graduation in the A & P in Denbigh and she still remembered me and my name. She was a wonderful person and know she will be missed by all. My prayers and thoughts go out to you in this time of need. May you find strength knowing what a wonderful and well liked person she was. Mr. Q. I remember you as well but I'm sure you don't remember me. May we all see her again in a better place.

Janet Thomas Edwards

October 16, 2013

Mrs. Quesenberry was my teacher in both my junior and senior years at MHS. I will never forget her - she was an inspiring woman and a wonderful teacher.

October 14, 2013

Guy, you may not remember me, but I surely remember beautiful Dorothy! I was a nurse at DFP in Denbigh for 38 years and always enjoyed talking with her when she came in. I left DFP in 2005 and now live in the Roanoke area, near our daughter. I pray that your grief is eased by remembering the good times you shared, and her wonderful smile. Charlotte Yeatts,RN

Suzanne Mason Haff

October 14, 2013

I loved loved loved her American Lit class at Warwick high (I graduated in 1961. She helped me develop as a writer and I loved trying to explore writing with her. I also enjoy passing notes to Roy Stallings and all the other fun people in the class Guess she was only 6 years older than me- she seemed more. She was the "sponsor" of some club I was in and took me home once in a fantastic new white car. When we got there, I jumped up on the porch, cut my shin, needing 16 stitches. As she drove me to the hospital, she kept saying, please don't get blood on my car. I loved her for that- a real person!

Sissy Taylor

October 14, 2013

Mrs. Quesenberry was an exceptional teacher! She taught me in my senior year at Menchville High School! She will be missed greatly. May you find peace in God and rejoice that she is in a beautiful heaven with her Lord!

Freida NeeSmith

October 13, 2013

To Dr. Q, Guy, and Harriet, my husband and I send our thoughts and prayers to you as we celebrate the beautiful life of your wife and mom. How blessed you all were to share a life of loving.

In friendship and sympathy ...

Cecilia Newton

October 13, 2013

A lovely neighbor and friend to those of us who lived and raised our children in the Beechwood neighborhood with the Quesenberry family. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sonny, Harriet and Guy.