Gina Wells, 56, of Seymour is dancing on the golden streets of heaven after she went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 26, 2018. She had battled pancreatic cancer for eight months.
Many people in the community knew Wells from her time spent working in the deli and bakery at Jay C Foods Plus in Seymour. Wells loved her customers and coworkers like family, and she always had a hug and story to share with them.
She worked at Jay C for about 10 years, starting out at the Brownstown store and then transferring to Seymour, where she had worked at both the west and east end stores. Prior to that, she had worked at different shops at the former Tanger Outlet Mall in Seymour.
But her favorite and most important job was raising her daughter, Desiree.
Although she had to quit her job at Jay C because of her illness, she stayed in touch with people, many of whom would call or visit her regularly to check up on her.
Wells often said she couldn’t want for anything because of the wonderful people in her life. She also never met a stranger and made friends with people instantly.
“Life has been important to me,” she said.
Gina was born Sept. 20, 1961, in Columbus, the daughter of the late Ervin Hougland and Mary L. Brown (Jerry Helm) of Columbus. She graduated from Columbus North High School in 1979. “’79 is fine” was the class motto, she said.
She attended Mountain Baptist Church in Seymour and had a very strong relationship with God, to whom she gave all credit and glory.
Besides working at Jay C, she enjoyed gardening and was looking forward to the day she would become a grandma.
Survivors include her mom; stepdad, Robert B. Brown of Ocala, Florida; daughter, Desiree (Chris) Hall of Seymour; and brother, Rob Brown of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Jeff Hougland.
Gina chose to donate her body to science.
A celebration of life ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cana United Methodist Church in Paris Crossing.
In lieu of flowers, the family will be taking donations to purchase a golden leaf memorial at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus in Gina’s memory.