Pat Bryson—the city’s second and longest-serving mayor—passed away the morning of Jan. 30, current Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced at a city council meeting later that night. She was 79.

“It’s a very sad day for the city of Leander,” Hill told Community Impact Newspaper after the meeting. “She was instrumental in the creation of the city.”

Although not a native, she moved to Leander after marrying Bobby Bryson, who confirmed Pat's passing during a Jan. 30 phone call from local resident and historian Kat Howell.

Pat Bryson was born Dec. 31, 1940, according to Williamson County voter registration data. After Pat Bryson married Bobby Bryson, an electrician and member of one of Leander’s founding families, she worked for the school district before retiring and getting into local politics, according to Karen Thompson, chairperson of the Leander Historical Preservation Commission.

Pat served as the mayor of Leander from 1980-90. When she took office, the city’s residents relied on well water, Pat Bryson said in a May 18, 2016 Community Impact Newspaper article on the Bryson family.

She is survived by her husband and many family members, Anderson said. Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements, according to Howell. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 3. The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 4.

Leander’s municipal building is named Pat Bryson Municipal Hall.