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San Antonio says goodbye to former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell

SAN ANTONIO – The people of San Antonio paid their respects to former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell on Thursday.

A public memorial service was held at the Laurel Heights United Methodist Church and was followed by a private ceremony. 

Cockrell was the first woman to serve as San Antonio's mayor. She was sworn into office in 1975 after serving on San Antonio's City Council for a decade. She then served as mayor until 1981 and again as mayor from 1989 to 1991.

Her friend and former Mayor Henry Cisneros delivered the eulogy. 

Click here to read the eulogy

"I've had the honor of delivering many eulogies as citizens of our city passed, and family members. But next to my parents, my mom and dad, this woman touched me deeply more than anybody else I can think of. And my own feelings towards San Antonio or as a member of my family and Lila Cockrell is inseparable from that," Cisneros said.

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A public tribute celebrating Cockrell's legacy was held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre downtown on Market Street.

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Cockrell helped launched Hemisfair '68, when the World's Fair came to San Antonio, and was inducted into the Texas Woman's Hall of Fame in 1984. She served as the president of the San Antonio Parks Foundation from 1998 until she retired in 2013. 

Those wishing to share in the condolences can sign an online guestbook by clicking here.

You can view the memorial service in its entirety below: