Ida Smoot Dusenberry
|Ida Smoot Dusenberry|
|Second Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society
|November 10, 1901– April 2, 1921|
|Called by||Bathsheba W. Smith|
|Predecessor||Bathsheba W. Smith|
|Successor||Julina Lambson Smith|
|Born||Ida Maline Smoot
May 5, 1873
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
|Died||April 25, 1955
Provo, Utah, United States
|Resting place||Provo City Cemetery
|Spouse||George A. Dusenberry|
|Parents||Abraham O. Smoot
Anne K. Mauritsen
Dusenberry attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo, graduating in 1897. Ida Dusenberry was also trained as a kindergarten teacher at Chauncy Hall School in Boston, followed by three years of graduate school at Columbia University. She also received a bachelor of pedagogy degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1906.
In 1901, Dusenberry became a member of the general presidency of the Relief Society; she was the second counselor to Bathsheba W. Smith. Dusenberry served in this capacity until Smith's death in 1910, when the presidency was dissolved. Dusenberry remained a member of the Relief Society general board until 1921. As a member of the general presidency and general board of the Relief Society, Dusenberry represented the Relief Society to the National Council of Women of the United States and to the International Council of Women.
From 1910 to 1921, Dusenberry was the principal of the Kindergarten Normal Training School at BYU. She also served multiple terms as the president of the Utah State Kindergarten Association. In 1921, Dusenberry became an assistant professor of psychology at BYU. She worked as a faculty member at BYU until retiring in 1943.
Dusenberry was the mother of two children. She died at and was buried in Provo, Utah.
- Andrew Jenson. Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia 2:169, 4:183–84.
- Ida Smoot Dusenberry Papers, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
- Ida Smoot Dusenberry at Find a Grave