Marianne C. Sharp

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Marianne C. Sharp
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First Counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society
April 6, 1945 (1945-04-06)[1] – October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03)
Called by Belle S. Spafford
Predecessor Marcia K. Howells
Successor Janath R. Cannon
Personal details
Born Marianne Savage Clark
(1901-10-28)October 28, 1901
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died January 2, 1990(1990-01-02) (aged 88)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′38″N 111°51′29″W / 40.7772°N 111.858°W / 40.7772; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Spouse(s) Ivor Sharp
Parents J. Reuben Clark
Luacine Annetta Savage

Marianne Savage Clark Sharp (October 28, 1901 – January 2, 1990)[2] was the first counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1947 until 1974.

Born Marianne Clark, she was a daughter of J. Reuben Clark and his wife Luacine Annetta Savage Clark. J. Reuben Clark, who was a member of the LDS Church's First Presidency, tried to dissuade Relief Society president Belle S. Spafford from choosing his daughter as a counselor.

Marianne Clark graduated from the University of Utah in 1924. In 1927 she married Ivor Sharp in the Salt Lake Temple. For the next decade she lived in New York City. While there, she served for a time as a stake Relief Society president. From 1938 on she lived in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1945, she became the editor of Relief Society Magazine. She remained its editor until it ceased publication at the end of 1970.

Prior to being made a counselor in the General Presidency of the Relief Society, Sharp served for five years on the General Board of the Relief Society.

Sharp died at Salt Lake City, Utah.


  1. ^ Ludlow, Daniel H, ed. (1992). "Biographical Register of General Church Officers". Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan Publishing. p. 1648. ISBN 0-02-879602-0. OCLC 24502140 Free on-line version here. 
  2. ^ "Marianne C. Sharp Dies, Ex-Relief Society Leader". Deseret News. 3 January 990. Retrieved 29 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Marcia K. Howells
First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society

April 6, 1945 (1945-04-06) – October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03)
Succeeded by
Janath R. Cannon
Relief Society Magazine titles
Preceded by
Belle S. Spafford
Magazine discontinued