Dorothy D. Qunitcher, a retired dietician, died on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. She was 98.
She was born on Dec. 27, 1919, on President’s Island, Tenn., to the late Nellie and Abner Qunitcher. During her early years, her family moved to Memphis where she attended public school and graduated from Booker T. Washington High. After graduation, she attended Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala., where she studied under George Washington Carver. She graduated with a degree in agricultural sciences.
Shortly after graduation, she moved to Virginia where she was employed at the Hampton Institute. While in Hampton, she met the late Coy Vickers. He was a naval officer stationed in Norfolk. They were married and one son was born to their union. They later moved to Philadelphia seeking more opportunities in the city.
He was employed as a musician and she worked at Campbell Soup in Camden, N.J. She later landed her dream job as a lead dietician at the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia, where she retired after many years of service.
She was a busy lady who enjoyed life but always put the Lord first.
She loved to travel, cook and shop. She was a fashionista and no outfit was complete for her unless she had the perfect hat and accessories to pull everything together.
She joined the Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1946 under the leadership of Rev. N.E. Hosley. At that time, Metropolitan was called Wilkins Chapel. She has been a member of Metropolitan ever since.
She served as a member of the Senior Choir, Scholarship Committee, Pastors’ Aid Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Missionary Board, the Loyal Boosters and the Culinary Ministry.
She was also an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Tuskegee Alumni and the social group, the Cosmopolitan Women.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Gladys, Lovie, Willie and Ruby Jean; brothers, Avery and Leno; and grandson, Coy C. Vickers II.
She is survived by: her son, Coy C. Vickers Jr., and daughter-in-law, Juanita Vickers; granddaughters, Deonna Mathis (John) and Carly Morse (George); grandson, Christopher Vickers (Felicia); great-grandchildren, Kayla, Johnnie, Zakiyah, Christopher Jr., Faith and Chloe; sister, Celestine Qunitcher McCrackin; niece, Ernestine Terry of Indianapolis; and special friend, Mildred Mintz of Philadelphia.
Services were held Oct. 9 at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3500 Baring St. Viewing was at 8 a.m. Services followed at 9:30 a.m. Burial was in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, N.J.
James L. Morse Funeral Home handled the arrangements.