Gwendolyn Ann Sells, 92, Hills, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.
Gwendolyn Ann Sells was born Feb. 5, 1926, to Jacob and Mabel (Anderson) Sells in Chicago, Illinois. When she was three years old, her family moved to a farm near Beaver Creek. Gwendolyn attended Beaver Creek Community School and graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1944. She continued her education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and transferred to Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, graduating in 1949.
Gwedolyn began her teaching career, teaching home economics in Ocheyedan and Cleghorn, Iowa, and Cannon Falls and Bloomington, Minnesota. She then moved to Colorado where she taught and completed her master’s degree for counseling and guidance. She was a counselor at Cherry Creek High School and Smoky Hill High School until her retirement in 1989.
She was involved with many organizations including Tall Club International and Timberline Tall Club, Colorado School Counselors Association, Vocational Education Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sweet Adelines and Sons of Norway. She also was active with her church choir and Busy Bee Quilters. Gwen enjoyed reading, Rosemaling (Norwegian painting,) needlework, crossword puzzles and knitting. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills.
Gwen resided in Lakewood, Colorado, until 2012, when she returned to Hills and resided at Tuff Village. In January of 2018 she moved to the Tuff Home due to failing health.
Gwen is survived by her sister, Barbara (Jack) Pollei of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Joyce Sells of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and nieces and nephews Steven Pollei (Solveig), Scott Pollei, Shelia (Mark) Flucke, Spencer (Pam) Sells, David (Ronda) Sells, Jacob Daniel (Vicki) Sells, Thomas (Donarae) Sells and Cindy (Brian) Hook.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jacob Sells Jr.
Memorials can be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills.
Arrangements were provided by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, jurrensfuneralhome.com.