E Elizabeth <I>Roemer</I> Greenleaf

E Elizabeth Roemer Greenleaf

Death 6 Aug 1941 (aged 77–78)
Maine, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section K Lot 42
Memorial ID 138586558 · View Source
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One of the earliest Baha'is of Chicago:
See Baha'i World Vol. 9 pg 608

On 8 August 1882 she married Charles Greenleaf with whom she had two sons, Albert and Charles, Jr. Charles and Elizabeth took a class on the Bahá’í Faith from Ibrahim Kheiralla in the fall of 1897; dreams convinced them of the truth of the new religion, and they "received the Greatest Name" on 5 October 1897.

Elizabeth Greenleaf was very active in the Chicago Bahá’í community. She served as secretary of the Chicago Bahá’í women’s organization in 1905. After the passing of her husband she began to travel extensively to lecture about the Bahá’í Faith. She also moved to various cities that needed Bahá’ís, remaining there until the community was strong enough for her to move again.

In 1924 she was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada for one year. She went on pilgrimage in 1926, meeting Shoghi Effendi. She died on 6 August 1941 in Eliot, Maine; Shoghi Effendi eulogized her as a "veteran and outstanding teacher" and described her qualities of "deep knowledge of the teachings, profound human sympathy, a heart which mirrored the Master’s love, and a winning sweetness and friendliness."

A Cable from Shoghi Effendi:
Share deep grief of bereaved community at passing of Elizabeth Greenleaf, beloved handmaid of Bahá’u’lláh. Her radiant spirit, staunch loyalty, noble character, effective teaching method were distinguishing features of her consecrated life. Praying abundant blessings in life beyond.
Cablegram August 7, 1941

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