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Mary (May) Jane Anderson
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Birth: May 8, 1864
Merseyside, England
Death: Jun. 10, 1946
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

LDS church Primary President - 19251939

Born in Liverpool, England. May was promised as a young girl that one day she would write for the children of the Church. She later became the first editor of the LDS magazine, the Children's Friend. She served in that capacity for 38 years. In 1925 she became the second general president of the Primary. During the first 62 years of the Primary organization, only two women served as its general president, May and Louie B. Felt. May had met Sister Felt only five years after the Primary had first been organized and the two soon became close friends. In 1911 May recognized the need for a medical center to meet the unique needs of children. Her efforts, with support of President Felt, led to the establishment of the children's ward at the LDS Hospital in 1913. In 1922 the Primary proposed that a separate facility be established, emphasizing the need for children to be treated by pediatric professionals. Consequently, the Church purchased and remodeled an old home in downtown Salt Lake City for use as the LDS Children's Convalescent Hospital, under the supervision of the Primary Association. During her presidency (1925-29) the organization introduced the Trail Builder and Home Builder groups and the annual Penny Parade and a larger facility to serve as the Primary Children's Hospital was also proposed. She was never married yet at her funeral President David O. McKay honored her by noting, "I call her a mother... Motherhood consists of caring, loving and rearing children." 
 
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Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Dec 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17048692
Mary (May) Jane Anderson
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