A respected Grand Island leader has died. Irene Abernathy is remembered for decades of service to the community.
Abernathy leaves a rich legacy in Hall County, from heading up bond issues to preserving history.
Abernathy left Grand Island a year ago to be closer to family. Before she left, Stuhr Museum held a reception in her honor.
At that time, she told NTV, ""I feel very good about it, because Grand Island and Hall County
have meant a lot to me, as you may know, I was county supervisor, then I was on the school board, so I've always cared about county government, city government, schools, and all the things like Stuhr Museum."
County board members say Abernathy was well-respected across the state, and well-known for efforts for kids.
County supervisor Gary Quandt said Abernathy was instrumental in bringing a Boys Town shelter to Grand Island. She also supported Stuhr Museum and local schools.