I want to personally invite you to my neighborhood and neighborhoods in District 5, where you will find the heart of San Antonio. Everyone in our city has incredible memories of growing up in the Westside and Southside of San Antonio and everyone’s heart remains fondly in our district. Our neighborhoods represent what people throughout the nation are developing. People want to increase and enjoy neighborhood walkability, bike lanes, sidewalks for two people, accessible public transportation, calm traffic, the re-development of historic homes, parks and schools being developed into health and fitness sports complexes for families, and children being able to walk to their libraries while enjoying the flowering plants and fruit trees shared with neighbors. I love living in a neighborhood where I am able to walk to buy my groceries, shop at the local drug store, attend church services, or walk to my bus stop to ride into downtown. My husband and I enjoy riding our bikes throughout the district while enjoying the splendors of Elmendorf Lake, the beautiful and historical homes built in the early 1900s, beautiful structures like of Our Lady of the Lake University, and the cultural arts developed by arts organizations throughout our neighborhoods. District 5 is filled with beauty and the kindest and most loving neighbors.
Early Life and Upbringing
Shirley Gonzales was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She spent most of her growing up years around her family-owned business, Bill’s Pawn Shop and Jewelry Store established in 1960 and located on S Zarzamora between Buena Vista and W Commerce. Her parents, Henry and Eloise Gonzales spent long hours building their now 52 year-old business while their children played in the store or in the Prospect Hill neighborhood. Shirley’s fondest moments were going to the Malt House next door to their store and spending time at Bazan Library with her brother Henry. These and many more positive growing up experiences are what drew her and her husband, Kevin Barton, a retired Chief Master Sergeant to make District 5 their home at 2723 Buena Vista.
Education and Career Accomplishments
Shirley attended Ursuline Academy and went on to earn both a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She has been working in her family-owned business for 20 years and enjoys being a strong corporate leader in supporting educational institutions and organizations making a difference in her neighborhood.
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