Dorothy Valentine Valencia

March 18, 1934 - January 27, 2024

03/18/1934 - 01/27/2024

Past Services

Thursday February 08, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Friday February 09, 2024
Calvary Cemetery - Norfolk
1600 St. Julian Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23504
757-441-2654 | Directions
Funeral Service
Friday February 09, 2024
11:00 am
First Baptist Church-Bute Street
418 E, Bute Street
Norfolk, Virgina 23510
757-622-6701 | Directions
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Celebration of Life

On January 27, 2024, Dorothy Valencia (affectionately called Ms.V) transitioned to be with our Lord.
She was born March 18, 1934 in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated at age 15 from Booker T. Washington High School. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Virginia State College and returned to teach biology at her alma mater at age 19. She went on to earn her Masters degree from New York University. She was the first woman of color to teach at an exclusive private school in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where she taught famous actors children such as Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Todd. She later returned to Virginia to continue teaching biology at Norview High School until retirement. During this time, she was honored as Teacher of the Year on multiple occasions and received numerous other accolades and awards nationally for science. She was passionate about inspiring her students to learn and love science, finding zany and creative ways to bring science to life. One of her many accolades was being inducted into Who’s Who of American Women. Alongside her teaching career, Dorothy entered the real estate industry where she was a Million Dollar sales agent for over twenty-five years. She loved helping young people find their first new home.
Dorothy’s greatest loves were her family and her students. She also had a passion for travel and has traveled the world, visiting destinations far and near and was always excited to embark on new adventures. As a fashionista, she loved shopping and once the malls closed in the evening, she enjoyed QVC and HSN. Dorothy loved going to the movies and would relish in seeing all (and we mean all) the Oscar nominated movies to be ready for the Academy awards. Cooking was not her forte, so the best thing she could make was…reservations. Although she played basketball in high school, she only loved Soccer. She loved it so much, she took referee classes in the evening to ensure they were calling the correct plays when her sons played. Educating young people was her calling but her dream career was to be a dancer and she was a good dancer, unlike her children. She was smart, funny, had a zest for life and enjoyed good or bad, the chapters of her book of life!
Predeceased by her husband Allen Valencia, Jr, brothers Frank Valentine and Herman Valentine, her son Marco Valencia and daughter-in-law Emily Valencia. She is survived by her daughter Vicki Mahone, son Allen Valencia, III, grandchildren, Marco Valencia, Jr., Abreanna Valencia, Dyante Valencia, Tre’ Vaughn Valencia, Maddisen Valencia, Nakisha Arruda, three beautiful great grand-children, sister-in-law Dorothy Valentine, an abundance of nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
A visitation will be held on from 6pm-8pm Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive in Virginia Beach Virginia. A Celebration of Life will take place at 11am on Friday, February 9th at First Baptist Church, 418 E Bute Street in Norfolk. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Norfolk. For those that are unable to attend the service in person, a livestream of the service will be available by CLICKING HERE.
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LaToya Johnson
2 months ago

Ms. V, you were an excellent science teacher. I enjoyed going to your class. You will truly be missed. ?? LaToya Johnson , Class of ‘93.

Gloria Cole ( Greedy)
2 months ago

To the Valencia’s family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences and prayers to the family. Dot was a dear friend of mine as well as the family. Vickie I send my love and hugs to you and the family.
Love Gloria Cole AKA Greedy

Richelle Dolberry Demps
2 months ago

Reflecting on Mrs V❤️?she called all of her students by our last names- never our first name- she was like “Dolberry, I taught a Dolberry back at BTW“ and I thought, how is that possible, you are the same age as my aunt, and later found out Ms V was so gifted and smart, she graduated HS at 15, earned BS degree and teaching at 19! And in her honors biology class, we laughed non-stop at her jokes and whit , all ??the ??time??, all while learning. And she did not hold back, act a fool if you want and she would hit you back with a joke and call you a “biffer” in a heartbeat looking straight at you through those glasses with a smile & we would all crack up laughing!She went to bat for me with a teacher who mistreated students and said,”let your mom know to stay at work Dolberry, I’ll take care of him” and that she did. Never had another issue ?? She was a phenomenal, unconventional educator and extension of family to students. She took me to church w/her at 1st Baptist Bute St and to see her real estate properties and discussed real estate and home ownership. She always had a vision and a plan and encouraged us to do the same. She helped my husband and I purchase and sell our first home and purchase our current home, and my husband and have so many funny stories about Mrs Dot, Nachman Realtor ?she was so amazing, still teaching and guiding us even as adults, she celebrated with us at baby showers, cookouts and more. She was always just a call away!! Mrs V, you are loved, adored and admired by so many and my family is grateful to have had your love, protection and support for so many years! You will truly be missed Mrs Dot V❤️sending sincere heartfelt condolences to the entire Valencia Valentine family❤️?

Lisa Montgomery
2 months ago

Mrs. V – Take your bow, you deserve every minute of it ❤️ Thank You for being a Remarkable Teacher and a Beautiful Queen ?

Prayers Comfort and Strength to Your Family, Friends and Many Students at Norview High School ??

Renetta Brown
2 months ago

Mrs.V was a very beautiful woman and teacher. She always made sure that all of her students were well and safe. I will truly miss her. My condolences to her family and sending prayers and love.

LaTonya Griffith
2 months ago

Mrs V was a second mother to us at Norview. Praying for the entire family. LaTonya G. Class of 1994

Samantha Williams
2 months ago

Mrs. Valencia was an excellent teacher and an even better human being. She also sold my mother a house, which she still lives in today. I used to love seeing her face on the for sale signs in my neighborhood knowing that she was awesome and she was my teacher. My condolences to the family. Rest well Mrs. V.

Samantha Ragland Williams c/o 94

Monique (Johnson) Leake
2 months ago

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ms. V and Dotty V were the names we called her at Norview. She was like another mother to me. I don’t recall her calling me by my first name. It was always “Johnson.” She sent me Christmas shopping for her family during study hall. When I graduated in 1986, she gave me my first piece of American Tourist luggage which I still have to this day and will always cherish. She was an amazing woman who lived a remarkable life, and I feel so Blessed to have met her in my lifetime. Continued Prays for your family.

Vera Davis Edelin
2 months ago

Dear Family and Friends of Mrs. Valencia,
I send my deepest condolences to you at this time of sorrow. Mrs. Valencia was one of the only teachers I revered from my days at Norview HS. She was an outstanding teacher and I have fondly remembered and shared some of her teachings.
God Bless You,
Vera Davis Edelin
Class of 1986

Lana Cary
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. Dot was one of my favorite fellow real estate agents; I am proud to say I was able to work with her on multiple occasions. She was a woman of integrity and always represented her clients with zest, knowledge, and humor. I pray that all who loved her will find peace through happy memories.