Contra Costa County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema died early this morning with her family by her side. She had been battling ovarian cancer since mid-2010.
In her fourth term, the 73-year-old former Lafayette mayor has been absent from her seat behind the board dais in Martinez since December, when she suffered a bout of pneumonia she described as a complication of chemotherapy.
She had hoped to return to her customary full-time schedule this spring although she was planning to retire at the end of the year after serving 16 years.
What I will remember most about Gayle is how much she deep-down loved her job as a county supervisor. She will be missed.
A rosary will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday St. Perpetua Church at 3454 Hamlin Road in Lafayette. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, also at St. Perpetua.
Flowers should be sent to Hull’s, 1139 Saranap Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94595.
Memorial donations may to sent to the American Cancer Society, 101 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596