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Betty Rex

Betty J. Rex, 86, of Columbia City, died at 4:54 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since August 2007.

She was born September 19, 1927 in Whitley County, Indiana a daughter of Wyland and Iva E. (Gump) Zumbrun. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she graduated from Coesse High School.

On December 25, 1947 she was united in marriage to Jackson A. "Jack" Rex. From 1972 until 1998 they spent their winters in Zapata, Texas. Mr. Rex died June 29, 2003.

She was employed at GE for 15 years and retired from United Technologies in 1980.

Her memberships include Columbia City Church of the Brethren.

Surviving relatives include two children, Sandra (Clay) Geiger and Dan R. Rex, both of Columbia City; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Zumbrun of Columbia City.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Poe and Doris VanHouten.

A private funeral service and visitation will be held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Home Health & Hospice or Columbia City Church of the Brethren.


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