Although DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan has been laid to rest, her impact on the city of DeSoto is still being felt. So much so that the city and Dallas-Fort Worth officials will hold a virtual celebration honoring her life and legacy.
“The Curtistene McCowan that we all remember was bigger than life, confident, and caring. And while her sudden passing leaves a tangible void that will be very hard to fill, we can start by looking out for the well-being of those around us and by working together to move our City forward,” DeSoto Mayor Pro Tem Kenzie Moore said during a recent council meeting. “Not only would she want us to celebrate her life but she would want all of us to continue to make a difference on her behalf in the daily life of DeSoto.”
McCowan, who died Oct. 28 after being diagnosed with lung cancer several weeks earlier, spent much of her life serving the DeSoto community. She was the first African American elected to public office in the city after winning a seat on the DeSoto ISD board in 1990, and she started serving on the City Council in 2012 before becoming mayor in 2016.
The celebration committee consists of those who worked closely alongside McCowan while she served as mayor.
“Mayor McCowan was such an important pillar in our DeSoto community and in the entire Best Southwest area, we wanted to capture that spirit and find ways to honor her that were fitting of such a figure," said Council Member Candice Quarles, chair of the Memorial Service Ad Hoc Committee. “One thing that was certain when we were brainstorming on how to honor her legacy, it would need to celebrate her service to our community and not dwell on her passing. We also wanted the community to be able to participate and this virtual celebration is the safest way to do that during the pandemic."
The virtual celebration is set for Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast live on the city’s website, Facebook Live and on cable TV in DeSoto on either Spectrum (Channel 16), or AT&T Uverse (Channel 99).