Posted by: Diane Langton/SourceMedia Group News | May 10, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day!

 anna j  Mother’s Day observances were held for the first time without the active blessing of the day’s founder on May 8, 1949.

   Miss Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, who almost singlehandedly created the nation’s most sentimental holiday, died in November 1948 in a Pennsylvania sanatorium.

    Anna grew up in Grafton, W. Va., where her mother taught Sunday school in St. Andrew’s Methodist church. Each year Mrs. Jarvis conducted a celebration honoring the mothers of her students.

    After her mother died in 1905, Anna spent the rest of her life in a great crusade to establish the second Sunday in May as a memorial to mothers.

    In May 1907, she arranged the country’s first Mother’s Day service at St. Andrew’s, dedicated to her mother and all the mothers of Taylor County.

   The next year the first citywide Mother’s Day was proclaimed in Philadelphia. In 1912 West Virginia made it a statewide holiday, followed by Pennsylvania the next year.

   With single-minded tenacity, Anna made innumerable speeches before men’s and women’s clubs. She carried on extensive correspondence with governors, statesmen, clergymen and editors.

    Public response was enthusiastic. By 1914, Anna’s persuasive pen had won over President Wilson.

   He signed a joint congressional resolution lauding the American mother as “the greatest source of  the country’s strength and inspiration.”

   It established Mother’s Day permanently and authorized federal display of the flag “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

   Because the carnation was her mother’s favorite, Miss Jarvis suggested it as the official Mother’s day flower.

    Gradually the custom developed of wearing red carnations to honor living mothers, and white boutonnieres for deceased mothers.

   In succeeding years, Miss Jarvis spent every penny of the moderate fortune left by her mother in establishing the holiday as a deep-rooted American tradition. During those years, too, she cared for her younger sister, Elsie, blind since birth.

 (Original story published in The Gazette, May 3, 1949)



  1. Happy Mothers Day; A Tribute to Mothers,

    The Architect of Life

    Mothers; The Architect, Inspiring Foundation and Legend of our Life

    A Humble & Admirable Tribute to Mothers;

    Mothers are The Very Most Admirable; Adorable; Beautiful;

    Creative; Honourable; Intelligent; Loving & Respected Persons

    Mothers are the Symbol of Peace, Faith, Hope, Love, Courage,

    Vision,Wisdom, Noble Principles & Values and the very Finest

    Virtues of Life

    Mothers; The Meaningful Pioneer of our Life;

    Mothers are the epitome of divinity


    A Mother gives us the most precious Gift of Life and then nurtures us thoughtfully, with love, care and utmost affection, standing by us at each and every step of Life


    We should seek to always be there for our Mothers likewise; standing by and very most lovingly supporting our Mothers at each and every step of Life; always with Admiration; Appreciation; Immense Gratitude; Love and Respect for our Mothers always; God Bless Mothers always with the Very Best in Life

    Life always truly encourages us to pursue our objectives with a True and Meaningful Vision of Wisdom – meaningful consideration- meaningful intention- meaningful priority- meaningful responsibility- meaningful diligence- meaningful fortitude; meaningful forbearance; meaningful temperance; meaningful prudence, meaningful wisdom and meaningful confidence at each and every instance, whether in thought or deed


    A Mother is the very Pillar; The very meaningful foundation upon which our Life is so very meaningfully constructed

    Good Natured Principles & Values

    A Mother is the stable and meaningful foundation of good natured principles and values that our Mother’s teach us

    Continued …………….

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