Anna Marie Jarvis
Born: May 1, 1864, Webster, West Virginia
Died: November 24, 1948, (age 84) West Chester, Pennsylvania
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
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.
5. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West
Virginia. What year did it become a holiday?
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 Mother’s
Day International Association, claimed copyright on the second Sunday of
May, and was once arrested for disturbing the peace.
9. How many times had Anna been married?
10. Where is Anna Marie Jarvis buried?
- Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit, Massachusetts
- West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
- Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, West Virginia