Rix, Charlotte

Charlotte May Rix, 93, of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 4, 2018, at CHP Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.

Born June 24, 1924, in Arcade, N.Y., she was the only child of the late Rev. J. Morgan and Florence Reese.

Charlotte lived her formative years in New York state, where she graduated from high school and a business college in Buffalo. She married Charles A. Rix on Oct. 29, 1948, in Hilton, N.Y. Charlotte’s parents relocated for a pastorate position in Indiana, and upon visiting, Charlotte and Chuck decided to call the local area home, and they settled in different communities in the tri-state area. Charlotte took a teaching position at a one-room school near Coldwater, Mich., and eventually earned a bachelor of arts degree in business from Hillsdale College. The couple also served as pastors at Lake Gage Congregational Church for 10 years.

Charlotte went on to teach at Reading Schools for several years before serving the rest of her career employed as a business teacher at Morenci Area Schools, where she retired in the late 1980s. She fostered many relationships with students that she maintained the remainder of her life. She was a proud member and supporter of the Michigan Education Association.

Charlotte loved her church home, Fayette United Methodist, where she was active as a pianist and served on several of its committees. In her retirement, she enjoyed serving as a member of the Fayette Fine Arts Council as a treasurer and avidly supported the Fayette Opera House. She also became involved with the Fulton County Senior Center Advisory Council and was instrumental in bringing the delivered meals-on-wheels program to Fayette.

A lover of music, Charlotte loved to play the piano. She also enjoyed sewing and camping, and she was fortunate to spend many winters in Florida. She was a lover of animals, and particularly fond of her beloved canine companions.

She is survived by two daughters, Cherie Rix of Fayette and Cheryl (and Kerwin) Kaufman of Noblesville, Ind.; and three grandchildren, Stephen (and Elizabeth), Ryan (and Rebecca), and Kyle Kaufman.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2011 and a granddaughter in infancy, Kristin Renee Kaufman.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Andrea Curry and Dr. Karen King officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday  at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Fine Arts Council or the Fayette UMC.