CROWLEY – Gayla Jean McIver Hornell Sellers, 69, known as “Honey” to her beloved grandchildren, died Thursday morning, July 4, 2013, peacefully in her Crowley home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Service was Saturday morning at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, 800 W. Fifth St., with the Rev. Dr. Lamar Smith officiating. She was laid to rest in Trickham Cemetery in Coleman County later that afternoon. Family and friends gathered from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Great Room at Robertson Mueller Harper.
Born Aug. 2, 1943, in Trickham, Gayla was the daughter of the late Grady and Genia Haynes McIver. She was a 1961 graduate of Santa Anna High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard Payne College in 1971 and her Master of Education degree from Sam Houston University in 1980.
Gayla was married to Rev. Alex “Bruce” Hornell from 1962 until his death in 1969, and together they had two children, Lori Lagenia Hornell Zachary and Allen Bruce Hornell. In 1971, she married the Rev. Dr. JW Sellers and her family grew with the birth of their children, Jorge Wert “Jay” Sellers and Ruby Elizabeth Sellers.
She enjoyed a long teaching career while supporting the church in multiple communities alongside her husband, Dr. Sellers, a Methodist minister. Gayla specialized in English and reading and taught in Oglesby, Mexia, Joshua, Cleburne and Belton, before spending the last 16 years of her career in Weatherford, retiring in 2006.
In addition to her husband, Gayla is survived by her children and their spouses, Lori and Michael, Allen and Lauren, Jay and Angelle and Ruby; nine grandchildren; brothers and their wives, Royce and Wanda McIver, of Abilene, and Terry and Ruth Ann McIver, of Trickham; and a large extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Doyne.
In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Trickham Cemetery Association, Glen Lake Camp, Susan G. Komen Foundation Fort Worth Affiliate, or the church of your choice, in her memory, is suggested.
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