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Mostert, Mary, 1929-2006



  • Existence: 1929 - 2016

Biographical History

Mary Mostert (1929-2006) is a writer and activist. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mary Mostert was born in 1929 in Arkansas to J.F.T. Mostert and Lucy Kurtz Stallings Mostert. She attended University of Missouri. From 1948 to 1963, she wrote for Nation magazine. From 1965 to 1969, she wrote a weekly column for the Rochester, New York, Times-Union. During the 1960s, she served as a national leader of the Mothers' Lobby. She married H.L. Grooms in 1978. They have six children. For much of her life, she worked to help those disadvantaged people who were not being helped by the government. From 1991 to 1992, she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Johannesburg, South Africa. She was the Public Affairs director for the Africa Area for the Church. Mostert was a nationally-respected political writer. She ran unsuccessfully for the New York State Senate and then became a campaign manager. She served as the secretary of Positive Action NOW! a South African women's group that sought to reduce South African social turmoil. She wrote a few books. Mary passed away in Utah on July 1, 2016.

UPB Files, May 7, 2013 (born 1929 in Arkansas; father J.F.T. Mostert; mother Lucy Kurtz Stallings Mostert; attendend University of Missouri; wrote for Nation magazine 1948-1963; wrote weekly column for Rochester, New York Times-Union 1965-1969; national leader of Mothers' Lobby in 1960s; married H. L. Grooms in 1978; six children; helped disadvantaged people who did not receive help from government; LDS mission to Johannesburg, South African 1991-1992; Public Affairs director for Africa Area for the Church; nationally-respected political writer; unsuccessful campaign for New York State Senate; became campaign manager; secretary of Positive Action NOW!, a South African women's group; author of books; lives in Utah)

Coming home, 1996: CIP t.p. (Mary Mostert) data sheet (Mary Adeline Mostert, b. 02-09-29)

Daily herald, via WWW, viewed February 18, 2021 (Mary Mostert, passed away July 1, 2016; born February 9, 1929 in Morrilton, Arkansas; building contractor, columnist, author, editor for Reagan Monthly Monitor)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Mary Mostert papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8200
Scope and Contents

Contains four books written and published by Mary Mostert, including two copies of each volume of Banner of Liberty. Also contains a binder called Excerpts from the Life of Mary Mostert (Grooms). Materials date from between 2004 and 2005.

Dates: 2004-2005