Ida R. Alldredge

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Ida Romney Alldredge was a poet and writer. She wrote many poems for the Relief Society Magazine and the Juvenile Instructor. Ida write more than 400 poems, many musical works, and a few dramatic works. She is the lyricist for the Latter-day Saint hymn “They the Builders of the Nation,” which was included in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One of Ida’s most memorable moments was for the Easter sunrise services at the Arizona Temple in 1940. A chorus was gathered on the roof of the Arizona Temple where they sang “Resurrection Morning,” a cantata written by her and composed by B. Cecil Gates.

She was born on January 7, 1891, in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Miles Park Romney and Catherine Cottom. She married Leo “Lew” Alldredge on August 26, 1911. She moved with her family the next year to Douglas, Ariaona, as many of the Latter-day Saint colonists left Mexico due to the Mexican Revolution. She died on June 14, 1943, in Mesa, Arizona. She was the mother of eight children.