GAIL WELLING PLANAS, 68, of St. Marys
passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, September
27, 2018 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband John
Planas; son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Katherine Planas; brother John
Welling; and cousins Linda Farney and Sandra Farney. Gail will be laid to rest
in Lowville, NY, alongside her parents, Albert C. and Gladys Farney Welling, and
her maternal grandparents.
Born in Lowville on February 6, 1950,
Gail was raised in Buffalo, NY and Cheshire, CT. She attended Marietta College
in Ohio, receiving her B.A. in 1972. Gail worked as a TV news anchor in
Parkersburg, WV; in retail advertising in Cincinnati and Toledo, OH; and in
radio advertising in Findlay, OH and Rockland, ME. For several years, she also
managed the gift shops of the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, ME
and the Cumberland Island National Seashore in St. Marys, GA, until her
Gail enjoyed tending her garden, taking
walks through the neighborhood looking for planting ideas, and cooking
traditional family recipes. Reading mystery novels and solving crossword puzzles
were her favorite leisure activities.
and love of sea turtles. In lieu of flowers, she and her family wish for
contributions in her memory to be made to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on
Jekyll Island. To make a donation, visit jekyllislandfoundation.org and click
“Give Today;” call (912) 635-4100 (ask for Bonnie); or mail a check to
Island Foundation, P.O. Box 13002, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Reference “GSTC/Planas” when making your gift.
Home of St. Marys was in charge of local arrangements. Inurnment services will
be held by Iseneke Funeral Home in Louisville.