ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Dorothy Lee Scott Resseguie, formerly of Tar Heel, N.C. died November 18, 2015 in St. Augustine, Fla. from complications of osteoporosis.
She was born on August 7, 1921 to Don M. and Emma Snyder Scott of Woodville, Miss. The football field at Mississippi State University is named Scott Field in honor of her father, a three-time Olympian.
Because her father was in the Army, Dorothy lived all over the world. On January 9, 1943, she married Lt. Col George I. Resseguie in Ft. Benning, Ga., and they continued the military nomadic way of life until finally settling in Tar Heel. George "the Col" was the founding president of Bladen Community College, a position he held until 1984.
Dorothy's many achievements include organizing Masters Swimming in N.C.; being inducted into the N.C. Swimming Hall of Fame in 1988; being featured on the back of the Wheaties Cereal box; being featured in Time Magazine "Faces in the Crowd"; winning the R. Casey Award for the N.C. outstanding female athlete in 1977; and being ranked the number one masters swimmer in the US in 1976.
While living in Tar Heel, Dorothy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, N.C. and belonged to the Mattie Clark Circle. She participated in the Walk of Life each year and contributed to Habitat for Humanity. Dorothy was also a member of The Audubon Society, Wolfer's Association, ASPCA, and many other animal rescue and preservation societies.
"Gaga", as she was known to her family, moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla. in 2007. While there, she continued walking 1-2 miles each day until she was 90. She enjoyed the going to the dog park to watch the dogs play, eating tacos and anything sweet, spending time with her cat Sarah, and most of all, looking at pictures. She is truly missed.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister.
She is survived by her three children: George I. Resseguie (Kathryn) of Silverthorne, Colo., Susie R. White (John) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla, and Dr. William D. Resseguie (Pam) of Rose Hill, N.C; ten grandchildren: John White (Linda) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Casey White of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Kristina R. Carothers (Ben) of Denver, Colo., Jeanine Resseguie (Matt) of Denver, Colo., Dr. Mary R. Elliott (Bryan) of Wake Forest, N.C., Alicia R. Morozov (Drew) of Raleigh, N.C., Seth White (Amber) of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Joshua Resseguie of Rose Hill, N.C., William Resseguie of Wilmington, N.C., and Suzanne Resseguie of Wilmington, N.C.; and five great-grandchildren: Lindy White, Walker and Amberly White of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; and Henry and Rhett Hicham of Denver, Colo.
A private burial will be held at the main Post Cemetery in Ft. Bragg, N.C. this fall.