By JACOB LOPEZ
Special to the PRESS
Evelon Louise Dale, who was known around the Cameron County community through her public relations work for firms and political candidates, died Monday afternoon. She was 63.
According to her Facebook page, Dale was a legal assistant at an immigration law firm.
By noon on Tuesday, Dale’s Facebook feed was flooded with posts from friends and loved ones offering condolences to the Dale family, especially her young daughter Alyssa.
Just hours before her death, Dale herself had updated her Facebook page with a photo from Texas State Technical College’s Challenger Learning Center. “Special events like this help young girls develop a love for science,” her post reads.
Hours later, Alyssa wrote from her mother’s account saying “I’m wanting to inform my mother’s dear friends and loved ones of my mother’s passing earlier today. Please keep our family in your prayers as we grieve this tremendous loss,” followed by a photo of Evelon and Alyssa.
San Benito Mayor Celeste Z. Sanchez, who knew Dale personally said, “It’s a shock … she was a very special lady.”
Sanchez said that Dale “was always ready to help.”
“She loved her daughter. Her daughter was the center of her life. She worked hard to give her daughter the best,” said Sanchez of Dale’s relationship to Alyssa.
“Maybe in her passing there’s something for all of us to learn about life … we never know the time or the place — God is in control,” said Sanchez of the unexpected nature of Dale’s passing.
Local businesswoman Shirley Vega who ran for San Benito city commissioner in 2014 said Dale “was a dear friend.”
Citing a quote that reminded her of Dale, Vega produced a photo from her smartphone that read, “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.”
Vega said of Dale, “She was my Bunco buddy, a confidante, a best friend that helped me with my campaign — she was a dear friend.”
Vega was out of town for the weekend, but had originally planned to get together with Dale upon her return. “I’m in shock, and I’m just going to miss her so much,” Vega concluded.
John Wood, who currently serves as Commissioner for the Port of Brownsville Navigation District, said, “I’ve known her in many different capacities, in her working with the underprivileged, especially children.”
According to Wood, Dale “was always charitable, and made sure people had what they needed.”
“She helped me with several of my political campaigns,” said Wood. “She always had good ideas. Sometimes we didn’t agree on ideas, but they were good nonetheless,” he said with a chuckle.
According to Wood, Dale was once a commissioner for the Port of Brownsville. “At the time, I was serving as a city commissioner (in Brownsville).” Wood added that around that time, the City and the Port of Brownsville worked together to build a fire station near the port, because ports have specific needs when it comes to firefighting.
“She was instrumental in getting all of us together,” said Wood. “She always had a big heart, and a good heart,” said Wood. “Unfortunately, it just didn’t hold out as long as it should have.”
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