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“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6
In the evening of Jan. 17, 2013, Alvertia F. Quesenberry passed to the house of the Lord, where she will dwell forever.
Alvertia was the youngest of two children born to the late Lester Quesenberry and the late Frances Quesenberry in Pulaski, March 7, 1931.
Alvertia was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pulaski.
Alvertia proudly attended Virginia Polytechnic University and State University. She obtained a Master’s of Science in 1956 and a Doctorate of Education in 1975. Alvertia touched the lives of more than 5,000 students while a professor of textiles and clothing at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. After 30 years of service, she retired from Ball State in April 1990. Her dedication and service was reflected through her research interests that included clothing for the physically handicapped.
Alvertia was a woman who enjoyed life. She spent her retirement caring for her mother, traveling and enjoying her adopted cats. She was a fighter who never gave up her battle with Alzheimer’s. She spread joy wherever she went treating everyone with love and kindness, including strangers.
Alvertia’s kindness and memory will be cherished by her family. She is survived by her brother, Richard C. Quesenberry of Blacksburg; her nephews, Richard C. Quesenberry Jr. of Blacksburg and Preston L. Quesenberry and wife, Gina Quesenberry, and their son, Samuel P. Quesenberry of Bridgewater; her niece, Patricia A. Burchill and husband, Dennis W. Burchill, of Locust Hill, and their children, Justin P. Burchill of Brooklyn and Krista N. Gwilliam of Philadelphia.
A celebration of Alverita’s life will be held with a graveside service at the Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison, Va., at 1 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2013, with the Pastor Terrie Sternberg officiating.
Although flowers are appreciated, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Alvertia’s family would like to thank all the wonderful caretakers who cared for Alvertia during her battle with Alzheimer’s. Thank you to the staff at Emeritus Senior Living in Staunton for the countless hours and for caring for Alvertia as though she was a member of their family.