Ida Smoot Dusenberry

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Ida Smoot Dusenberry
Ida Dusenberry.jpg
Second Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society
November 10, 1901 (1901-11-10) – April 2, 1921 (1921-04-02)
Called by Bathsheba W. Smith
Predecessor Bathsheba W. Smith
Successor Julina Lambson Smith
Personal details
Born Ida Maline Smoot
(1873-05-05)May 5, 1873
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died April 25, 1955(1955-04-25) (aged 81)
Provo, Utah, United States
Resting place Provo City Cemetery
40°13′30″N 111°38′40″W / 40.225°N 111.6444°W / 40.225; -111.6444 (Provo City Cemetery)
Spouse(s) George A. Dusenberry
Children 2
Parents Abraham O. Smoot
Anne K. Mauritsen

Ida Maline Smoot Dusenberry (May 5, 1873 – April 25, 1955) was a Utah educator and a leader in the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


Ida Smoot was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, to Abraham O. Smoot and Anne Kirstine Mauritsen. She was the sister of Reed Smoot and Brigham Smoot and married George A. Duseberry in 1891.

Dusenberry attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo, graduating in 1897. 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.



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Preceded by
Bathsheba W. Smith
Second Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society

November 10, 1901 (1901-11-10)–April 2, 1921 (1921-04-02)
Succeeded by
Julina Lambson Smith