Martha Jane Horne Tingey
(15 October 1857 – 11 March 1938) was the second general president of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1905 to 1929. She spent a total of 49 years as a member of the general presidency.
Martha Jane Horne was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
The Territory of Utah was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from September 9, 1850, until January 4, 1896, when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Utah....
. In 1880, as a single 22 year old, Horne was asked to become the second counselor to Elmina Shepard Taylor
Anstis Elmina Shepard Taylor was the first general president of what is today the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a founding member of the National Council of Women.-Biography:Elmina Shepard was born in Middlefield, New York to David Spaulding...
in the YLMIA. Horne served in this capacity for 24 years. During her time as a counselor to Taylor, Horne married Joseph S. Tingey.
On December 6, 1904, Taylor died. Early in 1905, Tingey was selected as Taylor's successor as the general president of what by then had been renamed the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association. Tingey's counselors in the presidency included Ruth May Fox
Ruth May Fox was a nineteenth century English-born women's rights activist in the Territory of Utah. Fox was a poet, hymn writer, and a leader of youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ....
and Lucy Grant Cannon
Lucy Grant Cannon was the fourth general president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1937 to 1948...
, both of whom would go on to serve as presidents of the YLMIA. In 1929, Tingey was released from her position as president and was succeeded by Fox, her first counselor. Tingey had been a member of the general presidency from age 22 to age 72.
During her tenure as president, the YLMIA instituted yearly slogans, roadshows, the Beehive program, and camps for young women. In 1922, Tingey selected green and gold as the organization's official colors.
Tingey died in Salt Lake City from a cerebral hemorrhage.