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Gillum to break from campaign Friday to attend grandmother’s funeral in Jacksonville

Andrew Gillum smiles with his grandmother, Elizabeth Gillum, who died Sunday in hospice care at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
Andrew Gillum smiles with his grandmother, Elizabeth Gillum, who died Sunday in hospice care at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, is taking a break from the campaign trail Friday morning to attend a funeral for his grandmother in Jacksonville.

Elizabeth Gillum, the second wife of J.T. Gillum, the candidate’s late paternal grandfather, died Sunday in hospice care at the Mayo Clinic following a battle with cancer. Patrick Gillum, one of her grandsons, said the family was with her in the hospital Sunday.

“I’ll miss you to heaven and back!” Andrew Gillum wrote on Facebook. “I love you Grandma.”

According to her paid obituary in the Florida Times Union, Elizabeth Gillum was a native of Chiefland, FL, and a licensed practical nurse who spent 15 years working for the North Florida Regional Medical Center. She lived in Liberty City before moving with her late-husband to the Gainesville area in the 1980s, and later to Jacksonville.

Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau reporter Elizabeth Koh contributed to this report.

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