LUBBOCK — Leah Suzette Shipp Key, 58, of Lubbock, passed away April 8, 2016, surrounded by her family laughing and telling stories of a lifetime full of love, jokes, and adventures.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Elks Lodge located in Lubbock with her cousin, Kevin Shipp, Pastor of Avondale Baptist Church in Sweetwater, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Archer City.

Leah Suzette was born on Aug. 29, 1957, in Ceres, Calif., to Betty Titsworth Shipp and Harvey Lee Shipp.

In 1969, the Shipps moved to Brownwood, where she graduated from high school in 1975. After attending Southwest Texas State University as a vocal major, Suzette moved back to Brownwood in 1977 to begin her 37-year career in communications. She started as a switchboard operator, later climbing telephone poles, before moving into sales and ending her career as the director of Toshiba telephone sales at NTS in 2015 in Lubbock.

Always a traveler, Suzette loved exploring with her “peeps.” Suzette joined the Elks Lodge in 2012 and began what she jokingly called her “retirement years.” Her devoted and closest friends stayed by her side through the years, keeping her smiling and laughing even in her final days.

A strong woman, Suzette Key will be remembered for her joy and vibrancy. She will be remembered for her enthusiastic take on life, even through her illness. She will be remembered as a perfect and loving mother, wise mentor, devoted sister, and a fierce friend. This world was brighter with her in it, and her memory will continue to shine through those lucky enough to have known her.

Survivors include her daughter, Kallie Key of Dallas; mother, Betty Shipp of Lubbock; sisters, Colette Miller of Fredericksburg and Paulette Digby and husband Chris of Wichita Falls; nieces, LeAnn Schmidt and husband Chris of Lockhart, Amber Miller and fiancé Scott of San Antonio and Sarah Digby of Wichita Falls; great-niece and nephew, Cassidy and Christopher “Bubba” Schmidt of Lockhart; step-mother, Vicki Shipp of Brownwood; step-sister, Carol Wade and husband Michael of Zephyr; and step-nephew, Mikey Wade of Zephyr. Suzette is also leaving behind numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and countless very close friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey; and step-sisters, Cindy and Cathy.

The family suggests memorials to the Elks Lodge, 3409 Milwaukee Ave., Lubbock, Texas 79407.