MARTINEZ -- Sheila A. Grilli, a 15-year member of the Contra Costa Community College District board, died Saturday following a long illness.

Since 1998, Grilli had represented the college district's Ward 3, which includes most of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Pacheco. She was elected to her fourth term in 2010.

"Our prayers and sympathies are with the Grilli family and friends," said John E. Marquez, the college board's vice president, in a statement Monday. "Sheila was a feisty advocate for the students who come to us with hopes of fulfilling their higher education goals with us."

Grilli, 75, also had operated a bookstore, Sheila A. Grilli Booksellers, in downtown Martinez.




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