Helen “Gail” Pope Sewell

Helen Gail Pope Sewell
January 20, 1941 – May 9, 2019

Gail Sewell, 78, of Bryan, passed away May 9, 2019. Visitation will be at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home on Friday, May 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with services on Saturday, May 18 at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Bryan at 10:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of life lunch at the church, and family graveside services at Smetana Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Although born in Bryan, Gail spent her school-aged years in six mid-west states but came back to Texas to attend Texas Women’s University in Denton. After graduation, she was a social worker with the American Red Cross. She later moved ‘back home’ to Bryan where she obtained her teaching certificate, and eventually a Master’s in Education from TAMU, and held a 30-year career as a Texas and American History teacher for the Bryan Independent School District.

Her pastimes included: bird watching, reading, sewing, playing bridge for 40+ years with her special friends, attending and volunteering at FUMC, genealogy, and spoiling her granddaughters.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifton Arlyn and Helen Rose Kubin Pope, and her daughter Lorna Rhea Sewell Kessler (Rob).

Survivors include her daughter Rene’ Sewell Skaggs (Tom) and granddaughters Taylor and Avery of Washington state, her sister Glenda Duncan (Bill), nephew Nicholas, and great-niece Emma, all of Bryan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gail’s honor to the American Red Cross, FUMC, and Hospice of Brazos Valley.

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  1. Rene, Tom,Taylor and Avery our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. May God be with each of you.

  2. Condolences and prayers for the family, Ms. Sewell taught me more than history, she taught me that I was unique in any way I set my mind to, RIP my sweet Teacher

  3. I was so sorry to learn of Gail’s passing. Gail and I became friends our freshman year at TWU and have stayed in contact for over 50 years. Thinking of her brings to mind many happy memories.
    My prayers are with her family. She will be missed.

  4. Rene and family, Glenda and family my prayers and thoughts go with you at Gail’s passing. Our friendship began at TWU and lasted over 50 yrs. A unique and caring lady who gave so much to each of us. Her memory becomes a treasure for us.

  5. Rene and family, you are all in our prayers! Aunt Gail was always a fun and loving lady and will be missed greatly.

  6. I remember Gail from TWU. She was a fun gal and was a joy to be with at TWU and reunions. Sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Gail.

  7. Gail brought out the good in all of us. She was so very proud of you Renee, Taylor, Avery Grandmothers are the best she had such a great time doing the little things with the both of you, Tom Gail could not and did not ask for a better son in law.

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