published Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Girl, 3, in tearful video named Mobile, Ala., ambassador

MOBILE, Ala. — A young girl who cried after learning her family wasn't going to Mobile but was taking a surprise trip to Disney World was presented with a key to the city, and has been named an honorary citizen and ambassador.

The Mobile Press-Register reports Mayor Sandy Stimpson bestowed the honor on 3-year-old Mary Carlisle Williams Monday -- along with a yearlong pass to the Mobile Museum of Art, a gift certificate, teddy bears and a candy cane.

A video of Williams' disappointment was posted online and gained lots of attention. Stimpson says Williams, of Magnolia Springs, brought more focus to Mobile than many do in a lifetime.

Mary Carlisle's mother told the newspaper her grandmother lives in Mobile, and she wanted to open Chick-fil-A with her key to the city.

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