In October 2006 our HSr. Ariadne (h.c.) of Chattanooga, TN learned that she had stage four lung cancer, with cancer also found in her liver and lymphatic system. After a brave battle, it is our deepest regret to announce that she lost her fight on the Summer Solstice, Thr. Jun. 21st, 2007. On behalf of her family, we thank all of those who remembered our Sister, family, and friends in their thoughts and prayers during that time.
Announcement Thr. Jun. 21st, 2007 @ 4:30 PM EDT: It is our sad duty to advise that our HSr. Ariadne, h.c. OAB. (aka Gail S. Sells), age 67, Wiccan High Priestess of Coven of Unicorn Grove, Chattanooga, TN passed away into Summer Land and the Kingdom of Heaven on the Summer Solstice, Thr. Jun. 21, 2007 @ c. 4:30 PM ET, having spent a lifetime full of helping others as a social worker in the field of mental health and spiritually as a Priestess giving a joyous glow to the world where ever she went. She will be greatly missed.
Gail is survived by her daughter, Andrea Lee Sells; grandson, Strat Parrott; son Richard Sells (aka Wolf Barjkana), and his wife Fey Raine Barjkana; mother, Georgia R. Smith; sister, Nancy Harrod and family; and her beloved former spouse, Dick Sells (VHFr. Manawyddan, h.c. OAB), Coven of The Red Dragon, formerly of Coven of Unicorn Grove, Chattanooga TN.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Peer Support Center, "Do Drop In" at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Hospital, 100 Moccasin Bend Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37405. Call Jim Alwell at (423)-785-3321 to make your donation and for additional information.
A number of memorial services occured in her honor. An Open Memorial service was held 1:30 PM ET Thr. Jun. 28, 2007 at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute for Co-Workers and Clients. Friends and Family were welcome.
A Private Memorial service was held in Coeburn, VA for family on Sun. Jul. 01st, 2007. VHFr. Manawyddan gave the primary eulogy at that service.
The primary Memorial Service for family, friends, and Fellow Craft was held Sat. Jul. 7, 2007 at 2:30 PM CT at Hidden Creek Farm in Dunlap, TN with her son, Lrd. KevldUlf (Wolf Barjkana) serving as High Priest and his wife, Ldy. Fey Raine Barjkana serving as High Priestess, both from Chattanooga, TN; Ldy. Rev. Aria Walker - Crossing Coordinator from Huntsville, AL; GHFr. Pneuma (Michael); Chief Adept & President, OAB (Priest & Warden of The East/Air) from Central KY; Br. Dancing FireDragon (Scott), Member, Thundvar Kindred (Priest & Warden of the South/Fire) from Ashville, NC; Lrd. Orion (Rhye), Former Priest Coven of Unicorn Grove (Priest & Warden of the West/Water) from Baton Rouge, LA; Lrd. Gwiyddion (Gregg) Gardnarian & Gaelic Scottish Tradition(s) (Priest & Warden of the North/Earth) from CA; Chf. Greyfix Thunder Crow, Chief of the Deer Clan, Cherokee Nation, (Priest & Warden of the Center/Spirit); 1st Summoner Jaden Craft; 2nd Summoner Lrd. Solmage; 1st Maiden Ldy. Winterhawk (Julie); 2nd Maiden Andraste (Andi); Ritual Assistants Ldy. Lavendar and Lrd Bjorn. The ritual was well attended by c. 40 individuals and was performed in accordance with the last wishes of our HSr. the Ldy. Ariadne (Gail Sells). The Order of The Star of Bethlehem and it's Members would like to express their sincere appreciation to the ritual team, especially to Ldy. Fey Raine for her co-ordinating the ritual.
A Secondary Memorial Service for Family, Friends, and Fellow Craft was held at Sacred Space Temple, Church, and Seminary in LaFayette, GA on the weekend closest to the New Moon in July. Contact Laurie Shaw-Lee or at: (423)-308-9486 for more information.
Additional condolences may be sent at: http://www.heritagefh.com. Arrangements by Heritage funeral home, 7454 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421. *Note: Obituary Information published in The Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sun. Jun. 24, 2007, Pg. B7. For individuals who would like a copy of the Obituary, please send a self addressed stamped envelope to: HSr. Ariadne - Obit, C/O OAB, Inc, P.O. Box 1482, Georgetown, KY, 40324.
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