Christine Abbott Key, 81 of Bedford, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born on Wednesday, April 22, 1931 in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Hubert James Abbott and Arlene Millner Abbott. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Earl Key, a son, Donnie Earl Key and a brother, Earl Abbott. She was a faithful member of Otterville United Methodist Church for sixty years, where she enjoyed serving the Lord and her community. She loved to sing and took pleasure in cooking for her family and also took food to those in need. She also enjoyed working in her garden and flower beds. Surviving are her sons, Wayne E. Key and wife, Sherry, Dennis W. Key and wife, Teresa, Thomas Earl Key, Jr., Jay A. Key and wife, Bonnie all of Bedford; a daughter-in-law, Theresa E. Key of Bedford; four sisters, Polly Telschow and husband, Al of Goode, Linda Key and special friend, Garry Davis, of Bedford, Gloria Fore and husband, Milton, Jr. of Concord, Phyllis Hollon of Lynchburg; three brothers, Jimmy Abbott and wife, Annette, Ellis Abbott, both of Bedford, Jack Abbott of Cifax, as well as nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family requests those wishing to make memorials consider Otterville United Methodist Church, 6524 Big Island Highway, Bedford, VA 24523. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at 1 pm at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford with Rev. Mark Wilkerson and Rev. Michael Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013