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Mon May 11, 2020, 02:53 PM

Anna Jarvis: The woman who regretted creating Mother's Day (BBC)

By Vibeke Venema
BBC Stories

The woman responsible for the creation of Mother's Day, marked in many countries on the second Sunday in May, would have approved of the modest celebrations likely to take place this year. The commercialisation of the day horrified her - to the extent that she even campaigned to have it rescinded.

When Elizabeth Burr received a phone call a few days ago from someone asking about her family history, she initially thought she had been scammed. "I thought, 'OK, my identity has been stolen, I'll never see my money again,'" she says.

In fact the call came from a family history researcher looking for living relatives of Anna Jarvis, the woman who founded Mother's Day in the US over a century ago.

Anna Jarvis was one of 13 children, only four of whom lived to adulthood. Her older brother was the only one to have children of his own, but many died young from tuberculosis and his last direct descendant died in the 1980s.

So Elisabeth Zetland of MyHeritage decided to look for first cousins, and that was what led her to Elizabeth Burr.

When Elizabeth had been reassured that her savings were safe, she gave MyHeritage the surprising news that her father and aunts hadn't celebrated Mother's Day when they were growing up - out of respect for Anna, and her feeling that her idea had been hijacked by commercial interests and debased.
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more: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-52589173

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Mon May 11, 2020, 02:56 PM

1. She traveled forward in time and met Karen Pence

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Mon May 11, 2020, 02:56 PM

2. Anna was my Mom's Great Aunt

We are quite proud of her conviction and dedication. Mom is also a member here at DU.

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Mon May 11, 2020, 03:01 PM

3. My mom and I talked about Mother's Day a few times. One thought we had was how the day made many

Mothers feel bad because their kids did not give them cards or flowers. They are neglected and alone and ignored by their grown children. Many canít wait for the day to end. Thanks for the insight Anna Jarvis.

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Mon May 11, 2020, 04:03 PM

4. My husband was born in

Grafton, WV and knew Anna's story well.

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