Virginia Key

September 10, 1927 ~ July 28, 2010

Virginia Key, age 82, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at a local hospital.

Born September 10, 1927, in Converse, LA, to G.I. and Lurline McGee Paul, she was a graduate of North Western State University where she was a member of Sigma Sigma Simga Sorority. She was a highly requested first grade teacher for over 30 years with the Calcasieu Parish School Board, spending much of her career at Dolby Elementary School. Virginia loved gardening and working in her yard along with her weekly bible studies. Aside from collecting porcelain dolls, too, she truly loved country and western music, especially George Strait. For her 82nd birthday, she attended his concert and had a blast. Her family was very special to her, including her great-grand dogs. She will be greatly missed by her family and all her knew and loved her. Preceding her in death was her husband, Jack Key, and a very special friend, Lester Goins.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Joy Key Guidry of Lake Charles; a step-daughter, Gaye Searight of Austin, TX; three very special granddaughters, Marissa, Kara, and Staci Guidry all of Lake Charles; and a very special niece who was always there for her Aunt Virginia, Joan Faulk and husband, John of Carlyss.

A celebration of Ms. Key's life and home going will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Johnson Funeral Home. Brother Eddie Simmons will officiate. Burial will follow in Prien Memorial Park Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Aflred Claude IV, Doug Theriot, Jr., Jace Fulmer, Chuck Kinney, Johnny Faulk, and Justin Key. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 31, from 8 a.m. until time of service.

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  1. Aunt Virginia was a very special person. I have fond memories of her bright smile, her laughter, and sense of humor. She gave me a set of Dr. Suess books when I was a little kid. I kept these books and read them to my children many years later. I am going to miss her.My heart goes out to Joy, Marissa, Kara, Staci, and Gaye.

  2. I was in Mrs. Key's first-grade class at Dolby for the 1975-76 school year. And I grew up in the same University neighborhood. Thinking of her absolutely warms my heart as I can still remember how that classroom felt and even smelled of chalkdust and glue. One of our classmates even posted our class picture on facebook and we all tagged ourselves and had shared memories of Mrs. Key. My warmest thoughts to the entire family during this difficult time. She touched so many young lives.

  3. Joy, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. She was one of my favorite teachers, and she gave me a great start to my elementary years at Dolby. You and your girls will be in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie

  4. Joy, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing..Your Mom Dad both were very kind people and a source of strength to me over the years. You and your family are in my prayers…With heartfelt condolences,Wanda

  5. Joy,I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful mother to you and I'm sure so was a treasure to your daughters. My deepest sympathy to you and your girls. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this most diffult time.

  6. Joy,You and your girls are in our thoughts and prayers. With all of our love, Donny and Jennifer

  7. Mrs Guidry and girls, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know it will be a hard time for you. I felt like we got really close to yall while we were in icu with my father and you were there to condsole us. She will be missed. Carolyn Fontenot Breaux family

  8. Mrs. Key was my first grade teacher. She was a wonderful caring teacher who truly had the best interest of each of her students at heart. She left an imprint on all of her students and truly made a difference in our lives.

  9. Mrs. Key was my first grade teacher. She was wonderful and caring. I always picture her wearing a pretty yellow dress and smiling. She was a true blessing to all of her students.

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