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By:  Hegar                                                        H.R. No. 230

WHEREAS, The citizens of El Campo and the State of Texas lost a noted civic leader and special education advocate with the passing of Mary Meyers Rosenfield, who died on April 16, 2006, at the age of 95; and WHEREAS, Born in Lubcha, Minsk, in Russia on June 1, 1910, Mrs. Rosenfield immigrated to America with her family in 1911, settling in El Campo where she graduated from high school in 1929; she attended the College of Industrial Arts in Denton to study art and design and married George Rosenfield in 1937; and WHEREAS, After becoming aware of their daughter's mental retardation and refusing to let her child be denied learning opportunities, Mrs. Rosenfield founded her own school, which soon opened its doors to other area children, and she began an advocacy role that would lead to impressive improvements in the lives of countless Texans with developmental disabilities; she was instrumental in the founding of the Meadow Lane School, now the Meadow Lane Resource Center, and in developing El Campo's first special education curriculum; her efforts contributed to the establishment of the El Campo Opportunity Center and the Second Time Around Shop, as well as to the Richmond State School in Fort Bend County, which opened in 1968; and WHEREAS, In addition to activities with the Voice of the Retarded, Parents Association for Retarded Texans, the Richmond State School Parents Association, and the Association of Retarded Citizens, Mrs. Rosenfield benefited a host of other groups with her membership; she was a charter member of the El Campo American Legion Auxiliary in El Campo, one of the longest serving life members of the Jewish women's service organization, Hadassah, and a member of Congregation Beth Yeshrun and the El Campo Garden Club; moreover, she volunteered with the Nightingale Hospital and El Campo Memorial Hospital, helped establish the El Campo Branch Library, and gave of her time and talents to the Wharton County Youth Fair and the BEEs of El Campo; and WHEREAS, In recognition of her impressive contributions to her community and this state, Mrs. Rosenfield was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2004; she also was named the El Campo Citizen of the Year in 2003, and earned praise from Governor Rick Perry, who honored her with the Yellow Rose Award for her work in behalf of mentally retarded citizens of Texas; and WHEREAS, Mary Rosenfield was an inspiration to all who knew her, and she leaves a remarkable legacy of vision, determination, and service to others that will continue to benefit the citizens of Texas for years to come; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of Mary Meyers Rosenfield and extend deepest sympathy to her daughters, Ileene Robinson and Rita Sue Rosenfield, and to all who mourn her passing; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Mary Meyers Rosenfield.