Nancy Longley, 52, of St. Paul, died Thursday, March 21, at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Nancy is the daughter of H.D. Mori, MD, who was on staff at the Spring Valley Hospital for many years. They lived in Grand Meadow.

She was a prominent executive vice-president for health care policy at Weber Shandwick, a public affairs agency in Bloomington, Minn. She loved the annual "ski" trip to Colorado and spending time with her family. Her family and her children were the most important thing to her; and they were given the gift of being at her side when she passed from this world to the next. Nancy had a contagious enthusiasm for life and will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Nancy grew up in Grand Meadow, graduated from St. Benedict's College in Collegeville, Minn., and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, she had worked for Himle Horner PR firm in Bloomington. She was a former finance director for the Republican Party of Minnesota and worked as a staff assistant and campaign aide for Sen. Dave Durenberger and Congressman Jim Ramstad.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Chris Longley, and their three children, Christopher "Kit" Longley of Washington, D.C., Mariko Longley and Charles Longley, both of St. Paul; her parents, H. D. Mori and his wife, Pamela Mori, of Spring Valley; her mother, Grayce Mori of St. Paul; two brothers, Kent Mori of St. Paul and Robert (Yumi) Mori and their son Hugo, of Tokyo, Japan.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and loving sister, Ann Mori.

A celebration of her life was Monday, March 25, at Willwerscheid Funeral Home in St. Paul; Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 26, at the Church of St. Thomas More, St. Paul. Memorials are preferred to Saint Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120, and St. Thomas More Church, 1093 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105.