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Diane R. (Whalen) Quisenberry, DVM

November 3, 1946 ~ May 13, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

WEBSTER – Diane R. (Whalen) Quisenberry, D.V.M., 75, shuffled off this mortal coil with dignity and grace on Friday, May 13, 2022.  Dr. Q is survived by her life partner of 32 years, Catherine; and her business partner, Tammie Masiello who has been considered family since the day they met in 1998.  Diane was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and moved Massachusetts in 1992 to attend Tufts Veterinary School.

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Diane was the director of a county-wide animal control agency in North Carolina supervising 65 employees.  From the 1970’s through her departure in 1989, her department was often cited for excellence in transitioning to a no-kill shelter offering spay-neuter services and expanding city-wide adoption programs.  Ms. Quisenberry received many awards for setting up and maintaining a staff that was balanced by gender and ethnicity.

Diane graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 1996 and worked in Oxford before opening her practice in Webster.  The Animal Hospital of Webster was founded by Diane and Tammie in 2001 and has since maintained a strict policy of “It’s all about the animals.”  A reminder to all staff to put the patients first, all the time, every time.

Dr. Quisenberry was an avid reader and loved law enforcement dramas where she would yell out procedural mistakes at the T.V.  She was a scrabble champ, often playing on three boards at once and never met a crossword puzzle she didn’t like.  “Dr. Q” will be sorely missed and anyone who knew her (human or otherwise) will grieve her passing.

A celebration of her life will be held at a date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the M.S.P.C.A., 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.  Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.

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