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Friday, July 21, 2017

 

DOROTHY MAE KEYES, PORT JERVIS, NEW YORK

Dorothy Mae Keyes was a lifelong resident of Port Jervis who passed away peacefully at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, New York, on Tuesday, July18, 2017. She was surrounded by her family and Pastoral staff of her Wickham Methodist Church Inc. Dorothy was 91. Dorothy Mae Keyes, a virtuous and phenomenal woman, was born on October 31, 1925, in Montague, New Jersey. Dot was one of four children born to John Henry and Ethel Smith. She was predeceased by her brother Bob Smith, and sisters Isabelle Ann Fisher and Helen Walker. At five years of age she moved to Port Jervis where she became a member of what is now the Wickham Methodist Church Inc. On July 4, 1942, she married Tech Sergeant Leonard J. Keyes. Dorothy was the proud mother of ten children; Robert Henry/Salih, Eric Andrew and wife Deborah, Steven Leslie and wife Nelly, Diana Lynn, Sheryl Ann, and Bryan and wife Teresa. Dorothy was predeceased by sons Leonard J. Keyes Jr., Nelson Allen and wife Paula, Gary Mitchell and Michael Anthony. As a member of Wickham Methodist Church Inc. for more than eighty-six plus years, Dot served the church in every capacity, leaving only the preaching to the many Pastors who served during her life time. In addition to her church contributions, Dorothy volunteered in numerous community organizations including St. Francis Hospital and the Health Center. Dorothy loved her husband, her siblings and all of her children. She loved her church and her community also supporting police and fire department funding initiatives. She made sure that virtually everyone in the church received a love token at Christmas time. In addition to her immediate family, she is mourned by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, adopted grandchildren and the Children of Wickham. People always say how much someone will be missed, but all of us who knew her, really really really know how much she will be missed. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 12:00pm until 1:30pm at the Wickham Methodist Church Inc. located at 32 Bruce Street, Port Jervis, New York, 12771. The funeral service will take place immediately following at 1:30pm and will be officiated by Pastor V. Jean McBryde. Memorial Donations in Dorothy’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Executive Drive, New Windsor, New York, 12553. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771. For information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.knight-auchmoody.com

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