Betty Rex, 86

Betty J. Rex, 86, of Columbia City, died at 4:54 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since August 2007.She was born Sept. 19, 1927 in Whitley County a daughter of Wyland and Iva E. (Gump) Zumbrun. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she graduated from Coesse High School.On Dec. 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. Condolences may be sent at