(January 19, 1929 – August 27, 2022)
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at Oakwood Cemetery.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Comanche.
VISITATION: Family will receive friends at Comanche Funeral Home on Monday, August 29, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LUNCH: Lunch for the family will be at First Baptist Church at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday.
MEMORIALS: If desired memorials may be made to First Baptist Church- Childrens and Youth Ministry, 407 N. Houston Street, Comanche, Texas 76442 and/or My People’s Children’s Home- First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374.
Sarah Beth Mayes Key of Comanche, Texas passed away at 93 years of age on August 27, 2022. She was born in Graham, Texas on January 29, 1929. She graduated from Graham High School in 1946 and attended Baylor University. Her mother was Betty Dawson Mayes and her father was Spencer Homer Mays.
Sarah Beth Mayes and Floyd Martin Key married on December 30, 1948. They were “side by side” for 68 years.
Sarah is survived by her son, John Key of Wichita Falls; her daughter, Sally Key Hicks and husband, John of Comanche; her son, Spencer Key and wife, Debbie of Olney. She has eight grandchildren: Dawson, Cameron, Mary, Amanda and her husband, Scott, Drew and his wife Kandace, Trevor, George Andrew and his wife, Erica and Julius. She has five great grandchildren: Claire, Kenzley, Aron, Kennerly and Maysie. She was preceded in death by Floyd in 2017 and grandson Justin Key in 1989.
Saviour’s Super Singers Choir
Sarah taught children’s choir at First Baptist Church in Comanche for over 40 years. She taught hundreds of children the love of Jesus through music.
Sarah was the president of the local Erma Bombeck fan club. Sarah felt a strong connection to the comical, daily life experiences that Erma wrote about. Sarah and other fan club friends met Erma in person at book signings and enjoyed attending her speaking events. Through personal correspondence, Sarah was encouraged by Erma to share the funny escapades of daily life. Erma told Sarah, “without fans like you my newspaper articles would be lining the bottom of bird cages across America” Sarah entertained many organizations with her Erma Bombeck style presentations.
Sarah kept Hallmark and the U. S. mail in business with her cards of encouragement to young and old alike. Sarah’s favorite word was Joy! She lived Joy, spoke Joy, and encouraged Joy to everyone she met!