CHARLOTTESVILLE – Thada Lee Quesenberry, age 84, a long time resident, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
Thada was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Pulaski, to the late Shippie and James Highley Sutphin. She grew up in Pulaski with her nine brothers and sisters. She graduated from Pulaski High School on May 26, 1946 and began working at Jefferson Mills in Pulaski. Thada married Harley “Pokie” F. Quesenberry on Dec. 19, 1953. Shortly thereafter they moved to Charlottesville where they began their life together. Thada and Pokie had no children but they helped raise lots of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harley F. Quesenberry; brothers, Robie, French, Woodie, Jack and Farley; sisters, Jewel Mae, Roberta White, Jenny Heslep and Dot Gertis.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Emily Sutphin of Roanoke; long time companion Al Crawford; 12 nieces and nephews; 18 great nieces and nephews; 21 great-great nieces and nephews, and a host of life long friends.
Thada worked for Wilhoit Motors prior to becoming a bookkeeper in the accounting office and business office at UVA. She was a long time member of Cherry Avenue Christian Church. She served as treasurer of the Thelma Carter Circle, participated in the women’s group – JOY. She helped with the annual Special Nights Out program, Vacation Bible School and numerous other activities. She will be remembered for her love of family, especially family gatherings, sense of humor, devotion to friends, church and special pets. She also loved to collect angels.
A memorial service celebrating Thada’s life will be held Monday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m., at Cherry Avenue Christian Church, with Mr. Scott Carter officiating. Burial will be private.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Teague Funeral Home.
The family wishes to thank all the friends who helped her through her illness by their kind words and visits, especially Dee Luck, her private nurse’s aide, Hospice of Piedmont and the staff of Morningside Assisted Living.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Thada’s memory to Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, 3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or Cherry Avenue Christian Church, 1720 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
Friends may sign the guest register at teaguefuneralhome.com.