Dorothy Louise Lisle Key, 87, of Seaside, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, in Seaside.

Mrs. Key was born Dec. 24, 1917 in Tyler, Texas, to James Arthur and Evie Beatrice McCann Lisle.

She was educated in Tyler and Jefferson, Texas.

She married Edward Marvin Key in Marshall, Texas, Dec. 1, 1934. He died in 1967.

The Keys moved to Oregon in 1940 to follow work in the lumber industry. They lived in Hines, Burns, Ashland, Sandy, Gresham, Beaverton, Carlton and McMinnville.

Mrs. Key worked for American Clearing House and for the Rinehart Clinic in Portland prior to her retirement. She was also a volunteer at the American Red Cross.

She enjoyed traveling and spent her 80th birthday in Hawaii on Maui. Family members said that her greatest joy was in her family and in her love of gardening. Her enthusiasm for flowers led to the establishment of the rose garden at Holly Tree Village in Beaverton, where she lived for many years before moving to Seaside in 2005.

Mrs. Key is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Kermit Arnold of Portland; one sister-in-law, Verna Lisle of Redmond; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Larry Well of Gearhart and Gloria and Harold John of McMinnville; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Louise Key of Camano Island, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, Bruce, Scott and Gary Franklin, Sherry Franklin Hannan and Julie Benevento, all of Portland, Rick and Tony John of McMinnville, James John of Walla Walla, Wash., Stephanie Steele of Toccoa, Ga., Kristen Key of San Francisco, Kelley Lillien of Honolulu, Lana Key of Camano Island; and 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her good friend, Harry D'Arcangelo of Portland.

Mrs. Key was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Corley of Dallas, Texas, and one brother, James W. Lisle of Redmond.

A memorial to celebrate Mrs. Key's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Christ United Methodist Church - Cedar Mill in Portland.

Inurnment will be at Crescent Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum in Tigard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice, 486 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103, or to the Portland Rose Society.

Arrangements are by Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon.


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