Edna Miriam True

Edna Miriam True

Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Death 9 Dec 1988 (aged 100)
Wilmette, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 98515354 · View Source
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Edna True was a successful business woman, was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States and appointed to the Continental Board of Counsellors, 1968-1980

From the Chicago Tribune
Edna M. True, 100, Leader Of Baha`i Faith
December 14, 1988|By Kenan Heise.

Edna M. True, 100, retired owner of an Evanston travel agency, was a leader of the Baha`i faith and played a major role in the construction of the Baha`i House of Worship in Wilmette.

Services for Miss True, a resident of Wilmette, will be held at noon Thursday in a chapel at 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette. She died Friday in a Wilmette nursing home.

Miss True was one of the first Baha`is in this country. The faith was begun in Persia, now Iran, in 1844. The first mention on record of it in this country was at the World Parliament of Religions during the 1893 World`s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. She became a follower of the faith along with her mother, Corinne, in 1903.

She was 24 years old in 1912 when the site of the House of Worship was dedicated on Sheridan Road at the outlet of North Canal in Wilmette. The world-famous building would not be completed and dedicated until 1953.

Miss True`s mother moved the family home to Wilmette from Chicago to be closer to the focus of her life, the construction of the temple. Miss True continued her mother`s dedication and served on the construction committee from 1947 to 1953.

She also served from 1946 to 1968 on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha`is of the United States, the body that governs members in this country. In 1968, she was appointed by the international governing body to the Continental Board of Counselors for North America.

Miss True was a 1909 graduate of Smith College and was part of the ``Smith Unit`` that served in France during and immediately after World War I, helping to provide relief to the civilian population often under cannon fire. The group received the French government`s silver medal of

``Reconnaissance Francaise`` for its work.

Miss True opened her travel agency in the Evanston Bank Building in the late 1920s.

There are no immediate survivors.

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Edna M. True
July 29, 1888
Dec. 9, 1988
Counsellor 1968-1980
Continental Board North America

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