Barbara B. Smith

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Barbara B. Smith
Photo of Barbara B. Smith
10th Relief Society General President
October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03) – April 7, 1984 (1984-04-07)[1]
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Predecessor Belle S. Spafford
Successor Barbara W. Winder
End reason Honorably released
Personal details
Born Barbara Bradshaw
January 26, 1922
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died September 13, 2010(2010-09-13) (aged 88)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W / 40.7772000°N 111.858000°W / 40.7772000; -111.858000
Spouse(s) Douglas H. Smith
Children 7
Parents Dorothy M. and Dan D. Bradshaw

Barbara Bradshaw Smith (January 26, 1922 – September 13, 2010)[2] was the tenth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1974 to 1984. She was the first Relief Society General President to have been born in the 20th century.

Born on January 26, 1922, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Smith was the third of six children born to Dorothy Mills and Dan Delos Bradshaw. Smith graduated from South High School in 1940 and on June 16, 1941 she married Douglas H. Smith in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of seven children.[2]

In 1974, Smith succeeded Belle S. Spafford, who had been the Relief Society General President since 1945. Prior to her becoming Relief Society General President, Smith had served on a number of general boards at local and general church levels in the same organization.

As Relief Society General President, Smith spearheaded the LDS Church's opposition to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[2] Smith also used her position to actively oppose the recruitment of women into the United States military and the spread of abortion, which had been legalized in the United States in 1973.[3]

Smith was succeeded by Barbara W. Winder in April 1984.

Smith died on September 13, 2010, after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis for a number of years.[2]

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  1. ^ Ludlow, Daniel H, ed. (1992). "Appendix 1: Biographical Register of General Church Officers". Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan Publishing. p. 1646. ISBN 0-02-879602-0. OCLC 24502140.
  2. ^ a b c d Groves, Lana (14 September 2010). "Former Relief Society General President Barbara B. Smith dies". Deseret News. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Relief Society Presidents: Barbara B. Smith". 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2017-12-19.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Belle S. Spafford
Relief Society General President
October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03)–April 7, 1984 (1984-04-07)
Succeeded by
Barbara W. Winder