Clarissa West Smith (1859-1930)

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Alternate Names Clarissa S. Williams
Birth 21 April 1859
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Marriage William N. Williams, 17 July 1877
Death 8 March 1930
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, United States
Gender Female
Religious Influence The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Callings Treasurer of the Relief Society General Presidency, 1901 - 3 Oct 1910
First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, 3 Oct 1910 - 2 Apr 1921
Relief Society General President, 2 Apr 1921 - 7 Oct 1928
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Born to George A. Smith and his wife Susan E. West, Clarissa West Smith was the first Relief Society General President to be born in Utah. She was born 21 April 1859 in Salt Lake City. In 1877 Clarissa married William N. Williams and the two would eventually have 11 children together. At the University of Deseret she earned a teaching certificate and opened a school in Parowan, Utah. Clarissa started her work in Relief Society leadership in 1901, eventually becoming the General President in 1921.[1] She served until her health started to fail and was released in General Conference of October 1928.[2] She died a few years later, on 8 March 1930, at Salt Lake City.[3]

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  1. Amy Brown Lyman, General Conference of Relief Society," Relief Society Magazine, (Jun 1921): 319-20,
  2. Lyman, "Clarissa S. Williams," Relief Society Magazine, page 639.
  3. "Editorial: Our Former President," Relief Society Magazine.