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Gloria "Teddy" Key Obituary
KEY The radiant spirit of Gloria "Teddy" Key departed her 86 year-old-body on October 9, 2010, surrounded by her loved ones at home. Teddy's life was the embodiment of kindness, optimism, joy, forgiveness, humility, and unselfishness, and her friends and family are so deeply honored to be counted among the many she loved. Born in Australia in 1924, she came to the USA after marrying Raymond Key, an American sailor. She traveled to the States on a troop ship in the midst of WWII, an adventurous twenty year old eager to explore life. This spirit of exploration extended into every aspect of her life, particularly the spiritual. Teddy was a trailblazer- she fervently sought Truth and Wisdom, and led her friends and family to do the same. Her life was centered around teaching by example, and becoming, as she described it, "a pencil in the hand of the Divine". She shared her joy and wisdom with her family, students and foster children, through a multitude of writings, and, most of all, through her daily actions. Her heavenly singing was heard by many, in public places, churches, but mostly among her family and the children who became her life's purpose. In 1955, Teddy opened Jacksonville's first school on the Westside, "Key's Private School", which grew into a large school and day care center. Soon her beautiful classically-trained voice and contagious laughter filled her classrooms, just as flowers filled her gardens and happy children filled her heart. As time went by, Teddy opened a second school, "Summerhill Center", which touched the lives of hundreds of children who enjoyed the magical ten-acre haven full of gardens, animals and adventure! After retiring from teaching, Teddy became a house mother for The Youth Crisis Center and at the age of 65, she earned the "Shelter Mother of the Year" award. Teddy is survived by daughters Frances (Frankie) and Kelly, and grandchildren Wendy, Autumn, Julie, Meghan, Gene-Luke, Sydney, Sophia, great-grandchildren Julian and Morgan, as well as her sister Merle and nieces Priscilla, Darrel, Jan, and Lisa. We all shall miss her greatly, but are honored to carry on her legacy of caring and kindness within our own hearts, our families, and in our community. We look forward to the celebration in store when we meet her again in a higher dimension of purity, and joy! Join us in filling the church with her favorite flower- yellow roses- and honoring her truly amazing life on Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jax. FL 32211, followed by a reception at the home of Gordon and Kathy Meggison, 3920 Sierra Madre Drive South. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073. (904) 272-6316 Share tributes at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Oct. 17, 2010
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