Clara W. Beebe

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Clara W. Beebe
Photo of Clara W. Beebe
Second Counselor in the general presidency of the Primary
1906 – 1925
Called byLouie B. Felt
PredecessorJosephine R. West
SuccessorIsabelle S. Ross
Personal details
BornClara M. Woodruff
(1868-07-23)July 23, 1868
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
DiedNovember 27, 1927(1927-11-27) (aged 59)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Cause of deathappendicitis
Resting placeSalt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
ResidenceJuly 23, 1868 – December 27, 1927
Alma materUniversity of Deseret
Spouse(s)Ovando C. Beebe
ParentsWilford Woodruff
Emma Smith

Clara Martishia Woodruff Beebe (July 23, 1868 – December 27, 1927) was the second counselor in the general presidency of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1905 to 1925.

Clara M. Woodruff was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. She was the daughter of Wilford Woodruff and one of his plural wives, Emma Smith Woodruff. Clara married Ovando C. Beebe, with whom she had eight children.

Clara Beebe attended the University of Deseret. She had served in leadership positions of ward and stake primaries before being called to the Primary General Board in 1904. In 1905, she was asked by the general president of the primary, Louie B. Felt, to replace Josephine R. West as her second counselor. Beebe served in this capacity until the presidency was dissolved in 1925 when Felt stepped down due to ill health. From this time until her death, Beebe again was a member of the General Board of the Primary.

As a member of the general presidency, Beebe oversaw the performance of baptisms for the dead by Primary-age children.[1]

Beebe died in Salt Lake City at age 59 as a result of appendicitis.[2]


  1. ^ Conrad A. Earward, "A History of the Growth and Development of the Primary Association of the LDS Church from 1878 to 1928," (master's thesis, Brigham Young University, 1976), 56–57.
  2. ^ State of Utah Death Certificate Archived 2011-08-18 at the Wayback Machine.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Josephine R. West
Second Counselor in the
general presidency of the Primary

1906 — 1925
Succeeded by
Isabelle S. Ross