Mar 1, 2012
From staff reports
Betty Rex, an administrative assistant to Ohio University Human Resources (UHR), died Monday from complications of cancer.
"The UHR staff valued Betty as a co-worker and a friend," said Chief Human Resource Officer Linda Lonsinger. "Her passing is a loss to all those who cared for Betty. And, there are many people that cared for Betty. Our sympathy is extended to the family for their deep loss."
Rex first joined UHR in 1994. In 2003, she was named one of the 2002-03 Outstanding Classified Employees of the Year.
"For 18 years, the face of UHR has been Betty Rex in the reception area," said Administrative Coordinator Jan Mittleman. "Betty began her career in UHR when it was still called University Personnel Services in 1994. She watched the department and the University undergo all kinds of changes and always adjusted to those changes with grace."
Rex was fondly remembered for her dedication to UHR's student employees.
"Betty’s gentle leadership and mentorship prepared many UHR student employees for other jobs after graduation," said Mittleman. "Betty contributed to their education by teaching them to do a job professionally and thoroughly – ideals that Betty taught by example."
At the front desk, Rex was the first person Ohio University faculty and staff encountered when coming to UHR with a need.
"Betty patiently led individuals through the maze of often confusing paperwork and processes," said Mittleman. "She afforded each individual her undivided attention and assistance."
Rex is survived by her husband, Donald, sons, Albert and Michael, and numerous grandchildren.
"Betty was a woman of grace, compassion, dignity, competency and professionalism," said Mittleman. "She was also a woman who loved attending her grandchildren’s activities, loved books, enjoyed a good laugh, and was a good and steadfast friend."
Per Rex's request there will be no public viewing or open service. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Appalachian Community Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, OH 45701.
"Betty enjoyed working at Ohio University and Ohio University benefited from her dedicated and fine service," said Mittleman. "The many facets of Betty will be missed in UHR."