The first woman elected to the Kennewick City Council died Monday in Richland.
Sheilah R. Renberger was 75.
She served about 12 years on the Kennewick council after first being elected in 1976.
Renberger stepped down in 1987 to move to Colorado after her husband was transferred for his work in the nuclear industry. She returned to the Tri-Cities and was living in Richland when she died.
She was born in Pasco and graduated from Kennewick High School in 1956. She then worked for General Electric at Hanford.
She was the first woman elected president of the former Benton County Cancer Society and was a volunteer with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in the area.
She became interested in politics when she helped thwart a developer's attempt to rezone land near her home for apartments and shopping centers.
By the time she was elected, she was a fixture at council meetings, often challenging city officials and demanding explanations of confusing decisions, according to Herald stories at the time.
In all, the mother of three lived in the Tri-Cities for 66 years.
Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is handling arrangements.