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Norma Cyrus Spratt
Funeral services for Norma Spratt will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Big Pine; private burial will follow. Viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 for family and close friends at Brune Mortuary in Bishop.
A lifelong resident of Big Pine born in Fish Springs on March 14, 1927, Norma died in Bishop on Nov. 3, 2010. She was 83.
Norma enjoyed a life full of family, work and dedication to improving the communities in which she lived and worked. She retired from the U.S. Forest Service Engineering Department in Bishop after 26 years of dedicated of service. Through her years of involvement in numerous civic associations, she was honored with the Woman of the Year award from the National Women’s Association. She dedicated her time to volunteering with the Inyo-Mono Mental Health Association as a board member and with the Inyo-Mono Association for the Handicapped. Her hard work ethic also Norma to receive her degrees in Business Administration and Early Childhood Development.
Throughout the years, Norma was instrumental in various roles with the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley, Toiyabe Indian Health Project and Owens Valley Board of Trustees. She proudly served on the Tribal Council, the TIHP Board of Directors, Tribal communities and as librarian for the Indian Education Center. She was presented with the Women’s Honoring Recognition Award by the Big Pine Paiute Tribe in 2005 for her years of dedication to the betterment of the Big Pine Reservation.
Norma enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, beading, knitting, crocheting and was an avid recycler. She also enjoyed learning and dialoging in her native Paiute language. Friends and family of “Norma Rose” remember her passion for gardening and working in her yard as well as following the careers of Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Spratt; grandson, Robbie Vance; sister, Velma Williams; and mother, Anona Cyrus Harvier.
Norma is survived by her daughter, Patricia Vance and husband Bob Vance; daughter, Roberta Hunter and longtime companion Ronald Braun; sisters, Donna Duckey, Lucille Parsons, Dorothy Stewart and Rita Summers; brothers, Bud Cyrus and Wayne Harvier; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norma Spratt’s memory can be made to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church Building Fund.