‘God had a plan for her life’; Island treasure Virginia Isbell remembered

West Hawaii Today file photo Former South Kona County Councilwoman Virginia Isbell, right, and Kealakekua resident Glenn Yano, the namesake’s brother, untie the ceremonial maile lei Jan. 28, 2014, at the blessing and rededication of Yano Hall in Captain Cook.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo Virginia Isbell blows the pu, signaling the start of the Kona Crime Prevention Committee Police 2017 Officer of the Year Luncheon on Sept. 27, 2017, at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

KAILUA-KONA — Virginia Isbell, a former politician, public servant and pillar of the Kona community, died Sept. 19 on Oahu. She was 87.