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Anna Marie Jarvis

Born: May 1, 1864, Webster, West Virginia
Died: November 24, 1948, (age 84) West Chester, Pennsylvania

Lyndon JohnsonAnna Marie Jarvis is recognized as the founder of the Mother's Day holiday in the United States.

What do you know about Anna Marie Jarvis? Try this Folks Quick Quiz.

1. In Anna's childhood, where did the family move too?

  • Grafton, West Virginia
  • West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Bridgeport, West Virginia

2. Who is the "Mother" in Mother's Day?

  • Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis
  • Mildred Ann Hill Jarvis
  • Patricia K. Brubaker Jarvis

3. When did Anna hold the first celebration of Mother's Day?

  • May 12, 1907
  • May 12, 1909
  • May 12, 1911

4. The celebration organized by Jarvis on May 10, 1908 involved 407 children with their mothers at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton (this church is now the Mother's Day Shrine). Grafton is, thus, the place recognized as the birthplace of Mother's Day.

  • Fact or Myth?

5. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West Virginia. What year did it become a holiday?

  • 1910
  • 1912
  • 1921

6. The subsequent campaign to recognize Mother's Day was financed by clothing merchant. As the custom of Mother's Day spread, the emphasis shifted from the pacifism and reform movements to a general appreciation of mothers. Who was the clothing merchant?

  • Bert Stiller
  • Manny Boggs
  • John Wanamaker

7. A proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day was signed on May 14, 1914. Who sign the proclamation?

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Howard Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson

8. Anna had become soured on the commercialization of the holiday. She incorporated herself as the Mothers Day International Association, claimed copyright on the second Sunday of May, and was once arrested for disturbing the peace.

  • Fact or Myth?

9. How many times had Anna been married?

  • 0
  • 1
  • 4

10. Where is Anna Marie Jarvis buried?

  • Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit, Massachusetts
  • West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, West Virginia


  1. Grafton, West Virginia
  2. Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis
  3. May 12, 1907
  4. Fact
  5. 1910
  6. John Wanamaker
  7. Woodrow Wilson
  8. Fact
  9. 0
  10. Angels on your pillowWest Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
    Plot: Section: River

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