Anna Marie Jarvis-Mothers Day

May 8, 2016

Anna Marie Jarvis was born on May 1, 1864 in Webster, West Virginia She was the 10th of 13 children born to her parents.
Anna a social activist was the founder of the Mothers Day Work Clubs. During the America Civil Waw she was a unifying force in her community. Anna was an active member of Andrew’s Methodist |Episcopal Church It was during one of her Sunday school lessons that Anna is said to have found her inspiration for Mothers Day. She closed the lesson with this prayer.
“I hope and pray that someone, sometimes, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life She is entitled to it… Ann Reeves Jarvis…
In 1908, three years after her mothers death, Anna held a memorial ceremony to honour her mother and all mothers. She continued through the years to work to have Mothers Day a recognized holiday. Mothers Day was finally proclaimed a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
During her campaign the holiday spread through the US , Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and through out South America and Africa. By the end of Anna Jarvis’ life, Mother’s Day was being celebrated in over 40 countries.


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