Women honored as exemplary mothers

Michelle Kay Waite, mother of three, was named the 1993 National Mother of Young Children representative at the 58th annual American Mothers National Convention, held here April 22-25.

Sister Waite, a member of the Peru Ward, Fort Wayne Indiana Stake, is married to Mark Anthony Waite, and serves as a Relief Society home and family education instructor.A feature on Sister Waite will be published in the May 15 Church News.

Eight other LDS mothers represented their states as Mother of the year or as Mothers of Young Children.

LDS Mothers of Young Children representatives are:

Arizona: Lanae Lamoreaux Tryon; Lehi 2nd Ward, Mesa Arizona Lehi Stake; married Louis Kent Tryon; mother of six daughters and two sons.

Nevada: Juliann Bentley Marchant; Sparks 6th Ward, Sparks Nevada Stake; married Evan R. Marchant; mother of one daughter and three sons.

Oregon: Debra Jean Nylund May, Hazeldale Ward, Cedar Mill Oregon Stake; married Richard May; mother of two daughters and a son.

Pennsylvania: Jill McDonald Humpherys; Carlisle Ward, Harrisburg Pennsylvania Stake; married Richard Humpherys; mother of one daughter and two sons.

Utah: Deborah Bennett Mohlman; Mueller Park 2nd Ward, Bountiful Utah Mueller Park Stake; married Jay R. Mohlman; mother of one daughter and three sons.

The LDS women representing their states as Mothers of the Year are:

District of Columbia: Renee Pyott Carlson; Potomac South Ward, Washington DC Stake; married Jack W. Carlson (deceased); mother of seven children, grandmother of 14.

Nevada: Ethelyn Hughes Peterson; Francisco Park Ward, Las Vegas Nevada Paradise Stake; married C. Edgar Peterson Jr.; mother of three daughters and four sons and grandmother of 34.

Utah: Betty Butler Larsen; River Heights 2nd Ward, Providence Utah Stake; married LaGrande Larsen; mother of one daughter and six sons, grandmother of 46.

The theme of this year's convention was "A FAMIly reunion," (American Mothers Inc.) with emphasis on bringing the family together," said Wendy McKenna, national chairman. "The purpose of the organization is to strengthen the moral and spiritual foundation of the home and family."

She described this year's Mother of Young Children representatives as "mothers who care deeply about what happens in their homes, and taking the time to teach their children high moral standards and gospel principles.

"Although our organization is interfaith, we respect each others' opinions; all the mothers feel that teaching religion in the home is important."

Elected as first vice president was Barbara B. Smith, former general president of the Relief Society. She will chair the annual convention in 1994, which will be held in Salt Lake City May 1-6. Other LDS women elected as area coordinators were Koral Sanderson of Afton 1st Ward, Afton Wyoming Stake, and Kay Ellen Smith of Peru Ward, Fort Wayne Indiana Stake.

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