FORT WORTH ? Gayla Jean McIver Hornell Sellers, “Honey” to her beloved grandchildren, died peacefully in her Crowley home, Thursday morning, July 4, 2013, surrounded by family during her 69th year, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Leonard Memorial Chapel at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, 800 W. Fifth St., with the Rev. Dr. Lamar Smith officiating. She will be laid to rest in Trickham Cemetery in Coleman County at 4 p.m. under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Great Room at Robertson Mueller Harper.
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.
She was 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 B.S. from Howard Payne College in 1971 and her master of education from Sam Houston University in 1980.
Gayla was married to the 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 was married to 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.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Doyne.
Survivors: 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.