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Smith, Hortense



  • Existence: 1919 - 2012

Biographical History

Hortense H. Child Smith (1919-2012) was a WWII veteran from Thatcher, Idaho who served in the General Young Women's Presidency.

Hortense Hogan was born on the 6th of May, 1919 to Grover Cleveland Hogan and Eliza Jane Hubbard Hogan in Thatcher, Idaho, where she grew up on the family farm with her siblings, Grover Ceylon and Rhea Jane. She attended college at Utah State University, but later moved to Salt Lake City to earn her Business Administration degree from LDS Business College in 1939. That year on August 26th, she married her first husband, Robert Rumel Child.Shortly thereafter, she enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. On June 10, 1950, their daughter, Carol Jane Child, was born. Later, from 1969 to 1972, Hortense worked as the Personnel Administrator for Salt Lake County, during which time Robert passed away on the 4th of August, 1970. In 1972, she was called to serve as the First Counselor in the General Young Women's Presidency with President Ruth H. Funk, which she did until her release in 1978. It was that year that she married the recently widowed Patriarch, Eldred G. Smith. Hortense Child Smith died on May 17th, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah at age 93.

Citation:, 2017-06-21 (parents Grover Cleveland Hogan and Eliza Jane Hubbard Hogan, edu. Utah state University and LDSBC, degree in Business Admin. 1939, family farm, son- Thomas R. child, Navy service 1943-45, Personnel Admin. SL County 1969-72, 1st counselor YW Presidency 1972-78). FamilySearch, 2017-06-21 (Born 6 May 1919 in Thatcher, Franklin, Idaho, USA, died 17 May 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah, siblings- Grover Ceylon, Rhea Jane, married Robert Rumel Child 26 Augus 1939 Salt Lake County, Utah, daughter- Carol Jane Child 10 June 1950, married Eldred Gee Smith May 18, 1978 in Salt Lake Temple).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Brief histories of the wives of the LDS General Authorities in 1980

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232501400]
Identifier: MSS 6163

This is a compilation of brief life summaries and pictures of the wives of the General Authorities who served under President Spencer W. Kimball in 1980, collected in honor of Camilla Kimball's 86th birthday on 7 December 1980. It contains brief life histories and pictures of each of the women as well as personal messages to Camilla on her birthday.

Dates: 1980

Oral history interview with Eldred G. Smith and Hortense Smith

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232565629]
Identifier: MSS 9020
Scope and Contents

Transcript of interview, conducted by Don Norton, with LDS Church Patriarch, Eldred G. Smith and his wife, Hortense Child Smith. Contains various stories of the Smith family during the Restoration from Carthage to the Salt Lake Valley, and Eldred Smith's experiences as the Church Patriarch from 1947 to 1979. This interview took place February 8, 2001.

Dates: 2001 February 8

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