Gayle Graham

WILMINGTON—Gayle Marie Graham, 48, of Wilmington, passed away on Dec. 19, 2020 at Riverside Hospital. Gayle was the third of five girls born to John and Phyllis (nee Ariel) Graham. She was born at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Dec. 5, 1972 and grew up in her beloved Bridgeport neighborhood. She graduated from Gordon S. Hubbard High School and continued on to receive an Electrical Engineering degree from Illinois Institute of Technology University. She was a friend and surrogate mother to all and was always there for those that needed an ear to bend, a place to crash or food to eat. She always made time for everyone else. She was the keeper of the family stories and history. If you needed to know something just ask Gayle, a great conversationalist. Intelligent, crafty and a big heart she will be truly missed by all. Gayle is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Kenny) David Garcia Jr and Matthew Allen Tamburich; sisters: Angela Graham AhSue, Kathleen (Keith) Skoryi, Julia Graham, Laura Graham and Victoria Olivia. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and a bunch of close cousins. Gayle was preceded in death by her father and mother, John and Phyllis (nee Ariel) Graham and her brother, John Phillip Graham. In lieu of a funeral service at this time, the family will hold a celebration of life service in the summer of 2021. All arrangements were handled by Jensen Funeral home of Kankakee.