Maria Monreal-Cameron, Milwaukee Hispanic leader and philanthropist, passes away at 75

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Many are mourning the loss of prominent Milwaukee Hispanic leader and philanthropist Maria Monreal-Cameron. She was the president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin for years. She was 75. 

Those who knew Monreal-Cameron say she turned the organization into a national award winner. 

Darryl Morin, with Forward Latino, says she helped grow the economy in the Hispanic community, and mentored many people to help them start their own business. 

Morin says her death is a big loss for the community. 

"She did change the trajectory for so many throughout the area and that along with her children will be her lasting legacy. She will be sorely missed, both her personally and her voice in the community," Morin said. 

Loved ones CBS 58 spoke with say Maria passed away from Leukemia. 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement on her passing: 

“It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing of my friend, Maria Monreal-Cameron. We mourn the loss of one of the great leaders of our city.

“Maria served the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin as its president and chief executive officer for many years. Under her leadership, the Chamber served as a dynamic resource for our residents and our region.

“I am grateful to have known and worked with Maria. I always admired her for her inspiring nature, leadership and dedication. She advanced opportunities for the Hispanic community by promoting civil rights, advocating for small businesses, advancing gender equality and advocating for the rights of immigrants.

“Her enormous contributions to our community will forever be an inspiration for generations to come. I extend my thoughts and prayers to her family and friends during this difficult time."

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