Charis Lea Rex

Lima- Charis Lea Rex, age 87, passed away July 3, 2018 at approximately 7:55 P.M. while traveling along route 117 just outside of Westminster, OH. At the time of her passing, Charis was accompanied by her constant companion for the past ten years, Jack H. Harmon who also passed as a result from the incident. She was born December 14, 1930 to Roy and Ann Hobbs who preceded her in death. On June 20, 1948, she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart Wilbur Rex. After her 20 years of working as a pediatric LPN at Lima Memorial Hospital, Charis discovered her passion for pottery. Charis spent the next 43 years performing open houses and participating in juried craft shows where she displayed and sold her whimsical pottery. She was an experienced world traveler, visiting over 20 different countries in her lifetime. She loved spending time with her family and friends, collecting cats, and shopping until she was out of money. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur and her two sons Bruce and Blaine. Charis is survived by her sons Randy (Kimberly), Christopher (Lora), daughters-in-law, Beverly and Judy; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a very dear cousin, Sharon Price, whom she grew up with and her countless beloved friends. Visitation will be on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, with Fr. Mike Sergi officiating. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the American Cancer Society or Lifeline of Ohio. Condolences may be expressed online at


  • Visitaion Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Wake Service Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Charis Lea Rex

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Wendy Prochnow-Marks

July 7, 2018

I have so many fond memories of Charis. She was a friend and a mentor for many years and I spent countless hours with her working on pottery, helping her at shows. She taught me to throw pots one summer when years ago. My first pot was so awfully lopsided and uneven. We laughed about it but assured me I would get better (and I did), but she fired that ugly lopsided pot and gave it to me as a gift. I don’t know what happened to that pot, doesn’t really matter, as it is a memory that I will hold in my heart always.

In recent years I have only seen her annually when I returned to Lima, but when we sat down we would laugh and catch up as if there was no time or distance between us. She had an amazing and enviable approach to life and served as a standard we should all live by. She was definitely the shiny golden thread woven into the fabric of all our lives.

My deepest sympathies to the family as you bear the burden of her loss. She loved each of you fiercely and she has left you with a great legacy of love and special memories