Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Victoria Josephine Jarvis and George Miles, Part 1

Victoria Josephine Jarvis, tenth child of George and Ann Prior Jarvis, was born at St. George, Washington County, Utah, April 21st, 1866.

She attended all the schools available, while very young — then began teaching at the age of fifteen years. She taught school for seventeen years, and was one of the finest teachers of that time.

On June 30th, 1895, she married George Edmond Miles, in the St. George Temple. To them seven children were born — the youngest passed away in infancy.

Mother was always a willing and very capable Church worker. During all the years when her health permitted, she was working in some Church organization. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and also taught some in Primary.

She was Councilor in the Stake Y.L.M.I.A. for six years, and then was President of the Stake Y.L.M.I.A. for two years. She served as Stake Secretary of the Primary for fifteen years. In 1913 she was chosen as Stake Secretary of the Genealogical work. In 1915 she was chosen as first Councilor in the Stake Relief Society. She was set apart as Relief Society President by Apostle Melvin J. Ballard, March 14th, 1920, and very successfully held that position until she resigned in September 1933.

In addition to Church work, she acted as Washington County War Historian, after World War I. She received high praise from State Officials for the very excellent work that she did.

She gave many talks before High School and College groups, and was honored by all who knew her, as a brilliant and capable woman.

Mother's quiet dignity, queenly bearing, Charming personality, kindness, and utter unselfishness endeared her to everyone.

Mother was in very deed an ideal woman, — a wonderful, loving wife and mother, a devout and faithful Church-worker, whose life was an inspiration to us all. She passed away May 5th, 1941, at the age of 75.

From Margaret Godfrey Jarvis Overson. George Jarvis And Joseph George De Friez Genealogy. Mesa, Ariz: M.J. Overson, 1957, pp 80-81.

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