Friday, October 18, 2013
Carrollton volunteer given key to city days before she died
Cynthia Calderon Gonzales worked with the police academy, established a graffiti abatement program and helped with Red Ribbon and Blue Santa.
CARROLLTON Cynthia Calderon Gonzales, who recently was given the key to the city and honored for her many contributions to the city of Carrollton over the years, died on October 11 at her home in Carrollton at the age of 59.
A rosary was conducted for her on Wednesday night in the Rhoton Funeral Home Chapel, followed by funeral mass Thursday morning. Burial was in the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
On October 2, former Carrollton Mayor Ron Branson and others went to her home where Branson presented her with the key to the city and read a letter from current Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant, which stated, in part:
“On behalf of the city council and the citizens of the city of Carrollton, I am sending this letter to extend my appreciation for your years of dedicated service to the city of Carrollton, and present to you an official key to the city.
“We at the city would like to recognize your active and key volunteerism and dedication to the city of Carrollton, including your time with the Carrollton Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Citizens on Patrol, and your instrumental participation in establishing and implementing the Graffiti Abatement program.
“Other notable contributions deserving of recognition include leadership work within your neighborhood association, the annual Mother/Son Monster Mash and Daddy Daughter Dance events, as well as outstanding assistance with Red Ribbon and Blue Santa.
“The citizens of Carrollton have benefited from your years of service volunteering and helping others, and you have earned this recognition with your consistent ability to go above and beyond.”
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