Dorothy Melton Key – December 7, 1932/Jul 15, 2012

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Dorothy Melton Key

Dorothy Ellen Wadsworth Melton Key passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, July 15th at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon at the DeSoto Nursing Home facility. Free at last from pain.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Dallas county, born December 7, 1932 to William and Ann Ella Wadsworth of Dallas.  As a child she was doted on by her Daddy, who loved to give a few coins to the ice cream vendor as he passed him while making his rounds delivering ice, telling him to give Dorothy “whatever she wants”.  She dedicated herself to her family, including her high school sweetheart and devoted husband of fifty years, Arvis W. Melton.  Dorothy enjoyed cooking and baking almost as much as her family enjoyed what she made.  Her pecan pies have no equal anywhere.  She absolutely loved to travel.  She and her husband, Arvis, visited Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Hawaiian islands, and Australia.  During her final years she suffered from Lewy Body dementia which gradually took her mind and body.  As her mental capacities diminished she continued to say “I love you” for as long as she was able to speak.Dorothy is survived by her husband, Gary Key of Duncanville; sister, Mary Kelsey of Texas City; daughters, Patricia Turner of Carrollton, and Sharon Hunt of Houston; two sons-in-law, James Turner and Michael Hunt; grandchildren, Michael Gillentine of Virginia, Sean Hunt of Austin, Sarah Turner of Austin, David Turner of Carrollton, and Lauryn Hunt of Houston; as well as several nieces and a nephew.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents and by her husband Arvis.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the small chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Duncanville, located at 206 W. Daniel Street behind the main church.

The family will receive friends during a visitation at 11 a.m. at the chapel prior to the service.

Burial will be at 2:15 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX.