DeSoto Mayor Curtistene Smith McCowan died Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the age of 72.
Mayor McCowan announced she was fighting the disease during a city council meeting earlier this month.
Mayor McCowan had served mayor since 2016 and had served on the city council since 2012.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted Wednesday night, “This is unbelievably sad news. On behalf of my family and the @CityOfDallas, I offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mayor McCowan and the entire city of @desototx. #RIP”
The DeSoto High School Eagle Band paid tribute to Mayor McCowan on their Facebook page Wednesday night:
“The DeSoto Eagle Pride Band would like to send our deepest condolences to the McCowan family and to the City of DeSoto. We will forever appreciate the support and kind words from Mayor McCowan, as she truly loved the DeSoto Eagle Band. She was one of the first individuals to sing our praises when we achieved national recognition and she has always encouraged us to strive for greater and higher heights. It is in that spirit that we will press on fervently towards the mark of excellence, as we honor the memory our very own Mayor Curtistene McCowan.”
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