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 May <I>Green</I> Hinckley

May Green Hinckley

Birth
Chesterfield, Chesterfield Borough, Derbyshire, England
Death 2 May 1943 (aged 62)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Gilcrest, Section 798, Space 6E
Memorial ID 31541264 · View Source
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Daughter of William Green and Lucy Marsden

Married Bryant Stringham Hinckley, 22 Feb 1932, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

History - May was asked by Church president Heber J. Grant to succeed May Anderson to be the third general president of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was the stepmother of Gordon Bitner Hinckley, fifteenth president of the LDS Church.

From 1940 until her death, during her three and one half year tenure, Hinckley introduced a revised curriculum, added a scripture-reading program for leaders and teachers, established a formal scriptural theme for Primary, and selected the official Primary logo, the motto of "Faith and Service", and the colors of red, yellow and blue.

May Hinckley was the editor of The Children's Friend while she was Primary president. Her term ended when she unexpectedly died of pneumonia in Salt Lake City, Utah, the day after her 62nd birthday. She was succeeded by Adele C. Howells, her first counselor.

Primary was first organized in 1878 by Aurelia Spencer Rogers in Farmington, Utah, and adopted churchwide in 1880 under the direction of Louie B. Felt. May Anderson, the second general president of the Primary Association from 1925 to 1939, initiated what became Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City (now part of Intermountain Healthcare). Anderson also helped establish kindergartens in Utah. In the 1970s as a result of the Priesthood Correlation Program, the Primary Association was renamed Primary.

Presently, the worldwide Primary provides Sunday School and church-related activities to the Latter-day Saint children. In most congregations, optional nursery care and supervision is available for children from age 18 months to age 3. Classroom instruction begins for three-year-olds and continues to age 12, with classes grouped by age. The Primary has its own songbook, made up of original songs and hymns modified for children.

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  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 19 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31541264
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for May Green Hinckley (1 May 1881–2 May 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31541264, citing Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .