Corpus Christi RTA board member Celeste Bauman won $ 25,000 from the Publishers Clearing House on Wednesday.

Celeste Ann Bauman, member of the Board of Directors of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, has passed away.

She was 83 years old.

In a statement Friday, Jorge G. Cruz-Aedo, the CCRTA’s chief executive officer, described the woman lovingly known as “Anne” as “an outstanding advocate of the CCRTA and public transport.”

“Our entire organization will miss them greatly,” he said.

Bauman was appointed to the CCRTA Board of Directors by the City of Corpus Christi on December 6, 2017. She served on her second term as a member of the Board of Directors.

Bauman was born in Houston and raised in San Antonio, but moved to Corpus Christi in the early 1990s and served as an electoral judge in Nueces County for decades.

Bauman was a strong community advocate for the American Disabilities Act and advocated public transportation for people with disabilities.

“Anne was heavily invested in the prosperity of our community and public transport. She was actively involved in every meeting and event. She worked incredibly hard for the Coastal Bend area while also making the day so much brighter for everyone, ”said Edward Martinez, CCRTA Chairman of the Board.

Bauman is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

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