On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Gerry Low-Sabado, loving wife and mother of 2 children, passed away peacefully at the age of 71 with her family at her bedside, in Fremont, CA.
Gerry was born on November 25, 1949, in Monterey, CA to Edwin and Mai (Jone) Low. She is a fifth-generation descendant of the first documented Chinese woman (Quock Mui) born on the Monterey Peninsula and was a resident of the East San Francisco Bay Area for 51 years. She graduated from Cal State University Hayward with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1973. She worked in childcare and became the Director of the Learning Tree Child Care Center in Fremont, where she had a profound impact on children's lives for 20 years. On September 24, 1977, she married Randy Sabado and they raised 2 children, their daughter Amber and son Brandon.
Gerry loved to take pictures, spend time with her family, collect Christmas ornaments, play the cymbals, and perform with the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Group. She was passionate about bringing awareness to the history of the Chinese in the Monterey area and the contributions they made to the development of the United States. She was very active in the local community, serving as President of the South Bay Chinese Club and Citizens for Better Community, as well as being a member of several non-profit historical and cultural organizations throughout California. She enjoyed giving presentations to elementary schools’ students and civic groups throughout California about Chinese American history and culture. She received the American Civil Liberties Union Northern California Chapter, Ralph B. Atkins Award for Civil Liberties in 2016.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin, and Mai. She is survived by her husband Randy, daughter Amber Dela Cruz (husband Marc), son Brandon Sabado (wife Theresa), sister Marjorie Walsh (husband Norman), sister Edwina Ow (husband Gilbert), sister Beverly Low (husband Alan Chow), extended family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at the Mission Mortuary 450 Camino El Estero, Monterey CA on Friday, September 17, 2021. For further information, please call the Mission Mortuary at 831-200-3043.