Adele C. Howells

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Adele C. Howells
Photo of Adele C. Howells
4th General President of the Primary
1943 – April 14, 1951 (1951-04-14)
Called by Heber J. Grant
Predecessor May Green Hinckley
Successor LaVern W. Parmley
Reason Death of Hinckley
First Counselor in the general presidency of the Primary
1940 – 1943
Called by May Green Hinckley
Predecessor Isabelle S. Ross
Successor LaVern W. Parmley
Personal details
Born Adele Morris Cannon
(1886-01-11)January 11, 1886
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died April 14, 1951(1951-04-14) (aged 65)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Cause of death Rheumatic heart disease
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park
34°07′30″N 118°15′07″W / 34.125°N 118.252°W / 34.125; -118.252 (Forest Lawn Memorial Park)
Notable works Editor of The Children's Friend
Spouse David P. Howells
Parents George M. Cannon
Adelaide Morris

Adele Morris Cannon Howells (January 11, 1886 – April 14, 1951) was the fourth general president of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1943 until her death of rheumatic heart disease.


Adele Morris Cannon was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory to George M. Cannon and Adelaide Morris. She was married to David P. Howells and the couple lived in Los Angeles.

After David's death, Howells accepted the request to become in first counselor to Primary general president May Green Hinckley in 1940. When Hinckley unexpectedly died in 1943, Howells was chosen by LDS Church president Heber J. Grant as Hinckley's successor. Howells served for nine years, until her death from rheumatic fever in Salt Lake City.[1] She was succeeded by LaVern W. Parmley, her first counselor in the general presidency.

During her tenure as Primary president and editor of The Children's Friend, Howells commissioned a series of paintings by Arnold Friberg depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon. Some of these painting are still printed in copies of the Book of Mormon distributed by the LDS Church.

The official seal of the Primary, created by Howells and adopted in 1940.



  • Carol Cornwall Madsen and Susan Staker Oman (1978). Sisters and Little Saints: One Hundred Years of Primary (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book) 117–133
  • Janet Peterson and LaRene Gaunt (1996). The Children's Friends: Presidents of the Primary and Their Lives of Service (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book) 59–76

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
May Green Hinckley
President of the Primary
1943 – 1951
Succeeded by
LaVern W. Parmley
Preceded by
Isabelle S. Ross
First Counselor in the
general presidency of the Primary

1940 – 1943