Wilmington City Councilwoman Linda M. Gray has passed away, according to her husband and city officials.
Gray, who joined city council in 2019 when she was selected to fill an open seat, died Monday at the age of 73.
“She died at about 6:30 p.m. earlier this evening,” her husband, Harold, told Delaware Online/The News Journal on Monday. “She was hospitalized last week for walking pneumonia.”
Her death came as a surprise, Harold Gray said, adding the couple had no children or relatives in the area.
Wilmington Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo sounded taken back when contacted late Monday.
“On behalf of all of council and staff, we want to offer our condolences to her loving husband Harold,” Congo said. “Councilwoman Gray had a strong love for her neighborhood, the 1st District and our city. She will be missed.”
Gray grew up in Chicago and received her bachelor of science in psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C.
She and her husband moved to Wilmington after his company, Hercules, transferred him to Delaware, where they have lived for more than 40 years.
Gray continued her education, receiving a master’s degree in abnormal psychology from Pennsylvania’s West Chester University.
Gray worked as a probation and parole officer before being appointed to a magistrate judge position in the state’s Justice of the Peace Court system.
Gray, who was a neighborhood activist, joined the council when former council member Nnamdi Chukwuocha was elected to the state House.
Her husband would appreciate all sentiments being sent to the council office. Arrangements will be determined at a later date.
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