Naomi Maxfield Shumway

Naomi Maxfield Shumway, former general president of the Primary auxiliary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died early Saturday, May 22, 2004, in Bountiful. She was 81.

Mrs. Shumway was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Provo to Albert E. and Orilla Brown Maxfield. She married Roden Grant Shumway in the Salt Lake Temple on March 8, 1945. He died March 12, 1998. They are the parents of two daughters and one son and were long-time residents of Bountiful.

She was appointed the sixth general president of the Primary in October 1974 by President Spencer W. Kimball and served until her release in April 1980.

Mrs. Shumway also was elected to the Utah House of Representatives.

She served 11 years on the Primary General Board with special responsibilities for inservice teacher training and the Blazer Scout program. Mrs. Shumway was active in Scouting and received the Silver Fawn Award from the Boy Scouts of America and served on Scouting committees in the Great Salt Lake Council.

In 1978, she was named to the long-range planning committee for the national Cub Scout program to help develop a program for 8- to 10-year-old boys in the Cub Scout program.

In 1980, she was presented the regional Silver Antelope Award at the National Court of Honor by the Boy Scouts of America in New Orleans.

Mrs. Shumway spent much of her adult life serving in various church callings. Her service included being a Junior Sunday School coordinator, a ward counselor in the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association, a den mother in the Cub Scout program and a Relief Society visiting teacher.

From 1960 until her call to the general board of the Primary, she was president of the Hillside Stake Primary after previously serving as a teacher, counselor and ward Primary president.

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One of her former stake counselors said Mrs. Shumway was aware of every child in the stake. They were not just statistics to her, she said, but individual boys and girls, and she cared about every one.

Services will be Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at the Bountiful 24th Ward, 720 E. 550 North, at noon. A viewing will be Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main, from 5:30-8 p.m. A viewing before the funeral will be held at the church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery.