HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu City Councilmember Barbara Marshall lost her battle with cancer and died Sunday in California, surrounded by her family.
As news of her death spread, many in the islands reflected on the impact this leader had on the community and even on the local news.
For the past two years Barbara Marshall was not only a City Councilmember, she was Council Chair.
A post she earned after working hard for four years at City Hall.
"I think she brought her journalistic upbringing and integrity to the job as council member, and knew the right questions to ask. Looking out for the good of the people and the taxpayers dollars," said former coworker, Bill Brennan.
Before working at Honolulu Hale, Marshall had spent decades in the public eye, as a reporter, anchor and television executive producer. She also played an important role molding many of Hawaii's reporters and anchors.
"She touched a lot of our lives, as young journalists, as contemporaries. Calling them out when they needed it, and expressing gratitude when they did the job right," said former coworker Marvin Buenconsejo.
Marshall was a pioneer in the field of broadcast journalism, and one who didn't shy away from a challenge, either on a story or at City Hall.
"She was one of the toughest women who always fought for what is right. But in there was humility and fun and she was just a terrific person. We are all going to miss," said Buenconsejo.
"I respected her, I respected her a lot and I will miss her. She had a gusto for life which makes her passing at 64 such a tragic thing," added Brennan.