Mary Ellen W. Smoot

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Mary Ellen W. Smoot
13th Relief Society General President
April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)[1] – April 6, 2002 (2002-04-06)[2]
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Predecessor Elaine L. Jack
Successor Bonnie D. Parkin
Personal details
Born Mary Ellen Wood
Ogden, Utah, United States
Home town Clearfield, Utah, United States
Spouse(s) Stanley M. Smoot
Children 7

Mary Ellen Wood Smoot (born August 19, 1933) was the thirteenth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1997 to 2002.

Mary Ellen Wood was born in Ogden, Utah, and raised in Clearfield, Utah. In 1952, she married Stanley M. Smoot in the Salt Lake Temple.

In 1983, Smoot accompanied her husband to Ohio, where he served as president of the church's Ohio Columbus Mission, and later the Ohio Akron Mission. The Smoots served as the directors of church hosting for VIPs that visited Temple Square and LDS Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the April 1997 church general conference, Smoot was accepted as the Relief Society general president, with Virginia U. Jensen and Sheri L. Dew as her counselors. Smoot succeeded Elaine L. Jack, who had served since 1990. Smoot was the first Relief Society president to call an unmarried woman (Dew) as a member of the general Relief Society presidency. Smoot was succeeded in 2002 by Bonnie D. Parkin.

Smoot and her husband are the parents of seven children. She sits on the advisory board of the West Ridge Academy.[3]

See also[edit]


  • Mary Ellen W. Smoot and Mary Ellen Edmunds (2000). Sweet is the Work: How Relief Society Helps Bring Women to Christ (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft) ISBN 1-57345-790-6



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Elaine L. Jack
Relief Society General President
April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05) – April 6, 2002 (2002-04-06)
Succeeded by
Bonnie D. Parkin