Mary Isabella Hales Horne joined the Church as a newlywed in 1836, crossed the plains in 1847, and served as president of the Salt Lake Stake Relief Society from 1877 to 1904. She was known for her knowledge of the scriptures, her ability to engage the old and the young alike, and her willingness to serve. “Whatever work was undertaken by the women of Zion, Sister Horne was always prominent and efficient,” wrote Emmeline B. Wells. She even seemed to be efficient in childbirth: among Mary’s 15 children were three sets of twins.
Emmeline B. Wells, “Truly a Mother in Israel: Mary Isabella Horne,” Woman’s Exponent, Sept. 1905, 22