Nancy <I>Brigham</I> Norell

Nancy Brigham Norell

Genesee, Latah County, Idaho, USA
Death 7 Jun 2012 (aged 68)
Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Ashes returned to family (husband).
Memorial ID 183719806 · View Source
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Writer, editor, legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. James A. McClure

Mrs. Norell was the wife of James O.E. Norell who was also her business partner in a long-time writing enterprise. The Norells were married 47 years. They lived at their small farm near Three Springs for 32 years.

A native of Idaho, Mrs. Norell began working in the U.S. Senate in 1975 and began her freelance writing-editing career when Sen. McClure retired in 1990. She wrote for Second Amendment Foundation’s "Women and Guns" as legislative correspondent, and for the National Rifle Association’s "Women’s Outlook," covering political and legislative issues as well as features.

On Capitol Hill, she was affectionately known as the “gun lady,” having passionately worked to defend Second Amendment Rights for decades. She was instrumental in garnering support for enactment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 -- a landmark firearms rights law that reformed and removed many onerous provisions of Federal law that had been used to vindictively pursue lawful firearms ownership and commerce. Enactment of the reforms protecting gun owners was a seven-year effort. Mrs. Norell, as a legislative advocate, worked closely during those years with staff in both houses and on both sides of the political aisle. She also dealt with the media on firearms rights.

Her legislative duties also covered Native American issues and foreign affairs. In the latter capacity, she traveled to Taiwan and China.

The Norells became permanent residents of Clay Township after she left her Senate duties.

Mrs. Norell was an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association.

She was also a member of Three Springs-Saltillo chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority having at one time been elected its President.

She served in various elected capacities on the Board of Election Supervisors in Clay Township and was a familiar face on election day.

Mrs. Norell grew up on a family dairy in the Palouse near Genesee, Idaho. With her parents and little sisters, they farmed 360 acres and milked 60 cows.

She was especially known for her wit. Growing up, Nancy chased and washed Holsteins before and after school. When her husband once suggested at the Belleville auction that they buy a “little Jersey cow,” she told him, “I hope you will be very happy living in Three Springs, Pa. -- with your little Jersey cow.”

Mrs. Norell was survived by her husband, Jim; her daughter, Kjersti Sivitilli and her son-in-law Rob Sivitilli, who reside in Singapore; by her godson, Hans Schneider of Austin, Texas; by her sister, Jan Gill of Anchorage, Alaska; and by her brother-in-law, Michael Norell, also of Three Springs.

She attended the University of Idaho and earned her B.A. in English from American University in Washington D.C. in 1965. She taught eighth-grade English for four years.

Nancy was an avid reader, book collector and cross-stitcher. She loved to garden and was known for her small family of house cats -- some of whom she taught parlor tricks.

The Norells were confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith in the months before Mrs. Norell died. She died at JC Blair Hospital, succumbing to stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The above words were written by Mrs. Norell's husband. Mrs. Norell was a graduate of Genesee High School (Genesee, Idaho), Class of 1962.

Mrs. Norell's parents:
Burnis Burton BRIGHAM (b. 25-Apr-1909; d. 9-Jul-1988)
Donna Rose LOHMEYER (b. 25-Apr-1920; d. 27-Apr-2007)

Mrs. Norell's paternal grandparents:
John Warren BRIGHAM

Mrs. Norell's maternal grandparents:
Cena Renalda HICKEN

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