Berniece Rex, 93

Berniece E. Rex, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.Born Oct. 21, 1918, in Noble Township, she was the daughter of John L. and Sophia E. (Fankhouser) Young.She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1936.On Jan. 21, 1939, she married Luther E. Rex in Noble Township.A Noble County resident most of her lifetime, she and her husband lived in Muncie between March, 1939 and April, 1942.Before her marriage, she was employed for two years by the former Blue Bell, Inc.After her marriage, she devoted her time to being a homemaker and mother. She was a member at Merriam Christian Chapel and its Sarah Circle Mission Group.Survivors include her two daughters, Beth Crampton of Albuquerque, N.M. and Alice McNeal of Avilla; two sons, Bruce E. (Lucinda) Rex of Columbia City and Alan Rex of Albion; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther E. Rex, great-granddaughter, Alisha Handshoe, sister, Thelma Young, and brother, Preston Young.Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.The funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Pulley officiating.Burial will follow at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Rex to Gideons International for Bibles.Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.