Marsha Norris Knudsen


Marsha Knudsen
Marsha Norris Knudsen (daughter of Homer and Ruth) is an educator, historian, and public speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Speech and Dramatic Art from the University of Missouri. During her career Marsha taught English, creative writing, public speaking and acting. For twenty-five years she and her husband worked together in their portrait studio business.
Marsha’s passion for history has inspired her to create and present numerous programs for schools, civic organizations, and conferences. Dressed in costume she has brought history to life in presentations about women of the past including Susan B. Anthony–”The Woman Who Dared.”
Marsha now hopes to encourage others to create a legacy for future generations by preserving their own family histories.

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After a long wait, Sailor’s Mail is finally available in paperback! 

Sailor's Mail: A WWII Love Story

“Sailor’s Mail isn’t just a war story, it’s a love story.”
Sixty-three years after Homer Norris served in the United States Navy, his daughter discovered a family trunk filled with memorabilia from the 1940s, and skillfully reconstructed her parents World War II experience. The newlyweds lives are abruptly changed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Homer’s letters vividly depict the honest emotions of a sailor who battles fear, homesickness, boredom, and physical demands while never losing his sense of humor.
Ruth’s diary and scrapbooks reveal her life on the home front and expose her fear that her husband might never return.
The book is an inspiring testament to the power of love and one man’s unparalleled determination to get back home to his beautiful wife—the love of his life.




Within the pages of this historical biography you will:

* Hear how Homer and Ruth devised a secret code to bypass military censorship
* Appreciate Homer’s inventive ways to make a little money on the side

* Learn about the Navy’s island-hopping strategy for conquering the Pacific islands
* Journey with Homer as he develops friendships with island natives
* Witness Homer’s emotions when he writes in one of his letters, “All I want is for this war to end so I can come home to my wife and live and raise a family.”


S.W.A.K. (Sealed with a kiss)

Marsha is happy to schedule a speaking engagement for your civic group, book club or organization. You can visit her website to order signed copies of Sailor’s Mail direct from Marsha here:

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