Cecil Norton Broy, 86, long active in equal rights and community service affairs, died Saturday at her home in Reston.
She was a member of the National Council of the National Woman's Party until her death and had served as its political chairman for 25 years. For many years she had worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Born in McLennan County, Tex., Mrs. Broy grew up in Sperryville, Va. She came to this area with her family as a young woman and graduated from the old Wilson Normal School. She also attended George Washington University.
Prior to World War I, she taught in D.C. elementary schools and became a volunteer worker in community clubs at the Grover Cleveland School, which became an experimental community center.
There Mrs. Broy became a close friend of Margaret Woodrow Wilson, daughter of the President, who also was a volunteer worker. The activities of the experimental Margaret Wilson Community Center[WORDS ILLEGIBLE] duplicated in 22 public school buildings.
Mrs. Broy was appointed organizing director of community and civic centers by the board of education in 1916 and continued to serve as director for seven years.
She was married to Rep. Thomas Upton Sission, (D-Miss.), who died in 1923. She then married Charles Clinton Broy, a Foreign Service officer.
They lived in London for seven years, where Mrs. Broy was presented at the Court of St. James, and in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Broy died here in 1943.
Until her death, Mrs. Broy was one of two members of the legislative committee of Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired and had represented widows of career Foreign Service officers at Senate hearings.
A former member of the Baptist church, she belonged to Redeemer Methodist Church in Reston at the time of her death.
She is survived by three children, Anne Broy Miller, of Reston, James William Broy, of Phoenix, Md. and Beverly Broy Leidel, of Bethesda and 10 grandchildren.
The family suggests taht expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the National Woman's Party.