Doris Miriam Bahr Key died of complications of Parkinson’s disease on Thursday, January 24, at the age of 93, in Denton, Texas.
She was born September 29, 1919, in Bammel, Texas, to John and Katherine Bahr. She graduated as the valedictorian, at age 15, of the Class of 1934 from Charles Bender High School in Humble, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Texas State University in 1953 and a Master of Arts Degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1970. She spent her career as an educator and administrator.
She married Dr. Howard Key in 1949 and was preceded in death by him in 1985. She is survived by a son, Al Key and wife, Kaycee; two grandsons, Randy Key and wife Natalie, and Derek Key; one great-grandchild, Jaxon; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly.
Doris loved the simple things in life such as gardening, cats and playing bridge, but she also had an adventurous side - she hiked to remote villages with no roads in Guatemala, she climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, she explored the Galapagos Islands, she drove her red sports car around Texas Motor Speedway, and she went parasailing in the Caribbean - all after she had turned 65.
She was blessed with many wonderful friends that she shared the later years of her life with. She adored her friends. They meant the world to her. And, she loved her family, and spent as much time as possible creating experiences for and with them. She made each family member’s birthday something special to look forward to. Her generosity was astounding. We will all strive hard to be the kind of person that she was. She was a special person who made everyone around her feel special.
We (the family) would like to thank the exceptional nurses and staff at Good Samaritan on Hinkle Drive who lovingly took care of Doris for many years.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denton, where Doris was a longtime member, on Monday, January 28 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Russell Tieken officiating. Interment will be in Earthman’s Resthaven Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 703 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76201 or Ann’s Haven VNA, 325 W. McKinney, Suite 101, Denton, TX 76201-9029.