Coleen K. Menlove

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Coleen Kent Menlove (born July 1, 1943) was the tenth general president of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1999 to 2005.

Coleen Kent was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised there in a Latter-day Saint family. In 1964, she married Dean W. Menlove.

Menlove earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of Utah. As a stay-at-home mother of seven children, she later completed a master's degree in education from Brigham Young University. She has taught in elementary schools part-time in Salt Lake City.

Prior to her call into the Primary, Menlove was a member of the general board of the church's Young Women organization. In October 1999, Menlove was selected to succeed Patricia P. Pinegar as the general president of the Primary, the LDS Church's organization for children. During Menlove's tenure, the Primary organization celebrated its 125th anniversary.

In 2005, Menlove was released and was succeeded by Cheryl C. Lant. Menlove was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award in 2005 by the Boy Scouts of America.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Patricia P. Pinegar
President of the Primary
1999 – 2005
Succeeded by
Cheryl C. Lant