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The wife of former Assemblyman Tom Calderon died on New Year's Day after a long bout with cancer. She was 52.

Marcella Calderon, of Montebello, was the first Latina to serve as president of the Montebello Unified School District board, Tom Calderon said in a brief statement announcing his wife's death.

Calderon said his wife will be remembered as a "committed community leader, relentless advocate for education, and a loving wife and mother."

The Calderons established a political and governmental relations firm in 1986, Calderon & Associates, that helped to elect more than 75 local and state officials from throughout Southern California, according to Tom.

A "public celebration" of Marcella's life will be held, but details have not yet been completed, he said.

Tom Calderon, 57, served in the Assembly from 1998 until 2002, when he ran unsuccessfully for state insurance commissioner.

Calderon, D-Montebello, is running to return to the Assembly from the San Gabriel Valley's 58th Assembly District, stretching from Montebello to Cerritos.

Besides her husband, Marcella Calderon is survived by their two children, Cameron and Victoria.

Editor's note: This post was updated to reflect that Marcella Calderon was from Montebello. Updated 9:55 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2012.


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