Theresa F. Sanchez

Theresa Fullman Sanchez,76, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family Sunday, February 12, 2023. She was a native and lifelong resident of Newport News, VA. Theresa worked as a Physical Education Teacher and retired from Newport News School System after 29 years.

She worked for Roanoke County Public Schools from the years 1968-1970, before transferring to the Newport News School System. Theresa worked for Riverside Elementary and Richneck Elementary in 1970. She transferred to Newsome Park Elementary and Nelson Elementary from 1985-1987. Theresa went to Denbigh Early Childhood, along with Nelson Elementary from 1987-1989. She stayed with Nelson Elementary from 1989-1997. Theresa transferred to Deer Park Elementary from 1997 until 2011 when she later retired.

Theresa received her Bachelor of Science from James Maddison College in 1968 and her Master of Arts in 1987 from Hampton University. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1997. Theresa won the Virginia Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1998. She has also received International Brain Gym Teacher of the Year in 2007. Theresa was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Chapter, from 1995 until February 2023. She was president from 2006-2008. While a member she received the “Honor Your Own”, award for outstanding service. Theresa was a Founding Member of the Stockettes Investment Club since 1995.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anne Fullman; and her son, Frank Matthew Sanchez.

Theresa is survived by her loving husband, Robert C. Sanchez; two daughters, Kelley Sanchez-White (Kenneth White), Carmen Sanchez (June Eddingfield); son, Michael Sanchez; brother, Douglas Fullman; three grandchildren, Martin James Battista, Matthew Logan Sanchez, and Marek Alden Sanchez; great-grandchild, Amelia Battista; niece, Aimee Fullman; and nephew, Clark Fullman (Becky).

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. The family will hold a private burial later.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions to be made to St. Jude’s, The Shriners, or Wounded Warriors.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Karen L Warren

    Kelley, it is my fervent prayer that God will comfort and strengthen you and your family during this time of bereavement. Remember, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

  2. Cheryl Brower

    It was an honor and pleasure to be amongst the many very close loved ones, family and friends. Her home as being very warm and comfortable was constantly filled with love and laughter. She will be missed by many but the life and love that she taught, practiced and provided I’m sure will continue Always. ❤️Cheryl Brower

  3. Linda Hurlburt Gustavson

    To Ter’s beautiful family: She was one Grand Dame – showering us with total, accepting love. May you all have warmest comfort knowing you are her’s and she will always be yours. Her three Hurlburt “sisters” – Linda (Linna), Marianne, Holly

  4. Andrea Williams Roots

    I am so thankful to have met and work with Terry in Physical Education. She changed my life and saved my teaching career when I took her Brain Gym Classes. Heaven and received another wonderful and courageous warrior of love for education.

  5. Amy Eubank

    I worked with Terry at Deer Park. She never knew a stranger. She was helpful and kind and everyone loved her. She will be missed. Prayers of comfort for your family.

  6. Jen Rice

    My sincere condolences to the family. Terry was a wonderful woman and will be sorely missed by many. She was another mother and advisor to me for many years. I’m deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

  7. Marie Sawyer

    Terry was a wonderful person that has left a positive impression in my life . I will never forget her and all her wisdom and love she has shared during our friendship. My love and sincere sympathy to her wonderful family.

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