Lamar was mayor from 1997 to 2001 after having been the city's first female alderman. During her tenure, parts of Jackson Avenue were widened, the Vision 2020 long-range planning project was completed and the defunct Oxford Country Club was converted to a park; both it and the National Guard Readiness Center, which she also helped bring about, were named in her honor.
Ex-Alderman Bill Baker said Lamar was a strong but genial advocate for the public good.
"She was very, very interested in historic preservation when it did not yet have much public support," Baker said. "She worked very much for what she felt was best for Oxford."
A former Miss Mississippi, Lamar was also a wife, mother of three and volunteer in efforts from local garden clubs and charities to the Economic Development Foundation and the Ole Miss Women's Council. For years she was active in the surgical practice of her husband, Dr. Wayne Terry Lamar.
"As a community, we grieve the loss of Pat Lamar," said Mayor Pat Patterson. "Her grace, charm and hard work served the people of the Oxford-University community well. She will be missed, and we hope her family finds peace quickly."