Former Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas has died at the age of 80

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Thomas has long been a vital part of Galveston's community, through her foundation as well as her political role.

Former Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas has died at the age of 80 at her Galveston home.

"Lyda Ann stood tall for Galveston in our darkest hour," said Mayor James D. Yarbrough. "Most people remember her as Mayor but she had a lifetime of tireless efforts behind the scenes. She truly was one of our heroes."

Lyda Ann was first elected to City Council in 1998.

In 2004 she was elected Mayor, a post which she held through both Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Her calm nature and strength captured the attention and respect of people around the nation.

"When I think of Lyda Ann, I'm reminded of 'It's A Wonderful Life'. What would Galveston be if Lyda Ann hadn't crossed our paths?" continued Mayor Yarbrough.

Lyda Ann received many honors, including The Spirit of Elissa Award from Galveston Historical Foundation, The Community Enrichment Award from the Grand 1894 Opera House, the Pacesetter and Quality of Life Awards from Clean Galveston, the People of Vision Award (with her family) from Prevent Blindness, the Brotherhood Award from Reedy Chapel AME Church and the Helping Hands Award from Public,Incorporated.

Lyda Ann believed in the spirit of Galveston and her passion for making city government and city services accessible to all citizens was evident throughout her leadership roles on City Council.

"Lyda Ann was an advocate for the underdog and always made sure they had a level playing field. She was truly a blessing to this City and she will be dearly missed by many," concluded Mayor Yarbrough.

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