Arlys M. Rea, age 97 of Girard, Pa., was taken by the hand of God on Friday afternoon, November 17, 2023 at Pleasant Ridge Manor, Girard, Pa.
Arlys was born on February 17, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of the late Charles W. and Cecil Victoria (West) Green. She graduated from the Clymer Central High School Class of 1942 and then started working at the Erie County Home in Girard where she earned her LPN license and continued working there until she retired. Arlys married her husband, Robert L. Rea who left her a widow in 1969. Together, Arlys and Robert raised six children.
She was a member of the Federated Church in East Springfield where she was a member of the Golden Circle, attended the Senior Center and she enjoyed working as a kitchen helper during church dinners. She also was a member of the Tabitha Team which made lap robes for shut-ins in the area. She enjoyed reading historical and Christian books. She was very versed in the Bible and had read it from cover to cover too numerous times to count.
Besides her parents and her husband, Arlys is preceded in death by two daughters, Cynthia A. Rea and Linda Sue McFadden; two sisters, Ardys Moniot and Shirley Peterson; two grandchildren, Courtney and Mike Rea; and a son-in-law, Bill McFadden.
She is survived by four sons: Jim A. (Linda) Rea of Cranesville, Pa., Robert L. (Sonia) Rea, Jr. of DelRay, NC, Edward A. (Naomi) Rea of Girard, and Darin L. (Carolyn) Rea of Michigan. She is also survived by a brother, Arold K. (Eva) Green of Ridgecrest, CA., and fifteen grandchildren, and several great and great-great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to call at the Jean Evans Thompson Funeral Home at 11883 Main Street, East Springfield, Pa on Monday, November 20, 2023 from 2 until the time of the service at 4 p.m., officiated by Pastor Ed Huntley of the Federated Church and Chaplain Keith Nitschke of Pleasant Ridge Manor. Arlys will be laid to rest next to her husband, Robert in the Beaver Dam Cemetery, Elgin, Pa at the convenience of the family.
The family would like to express their many thanks to the staff of Unit A at Pleasant Ridge Manor for their wonderful and loving care that they gave to Arlys. God Bless You All!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Federated Church Mission Fund or to the Erie City Mission. (Envelopes will be provided during the visitation.)