Famous Mothers and Their Memorials

We searched far and wide for the most famous mothers
in the world and how we memorialized them.

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Abigail Adams (Nov. 1744 - Oct. 1818) – Abigail Adams was a First Lady, farm manager, gifted scribe, and devoted mom of five. Her letters to husband and President John Adams are considered national treasures, but Boston’s 2003 women’s memorial captures her capable image for all time.

Wilma Mankiller – (Nov. 1945 - Apr. 2010) Wilma Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Though her family name is intimidating, her 10 year term more than doubled the number of registered Cherokee and her memorial service drew both state and national leaders.

Indira Gandhi – (Nov. 1917 – Oct. 1984) Indira Gandhi was the first female Prime Minister in India, but also the daughter and mother of Prime Ministers. After her assassination an airport and hospital were named in her honor and her home was turned into a museum about her life.

Coretta Scott King (Apr. 1927 – Jan. 2006) – After her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated, Coretta continued his fight for civil rights while raising their four children. The Coretta Scott King Award was created in her honor and bronze busts of her and Dr. King stand in Allentown PA.

Rose Kennedy (July 1890 – Jan. 1995) - Rose Kennedy, the elegant, dignified matriarch of the Kennedy political family, was sadly forced to bury five of her nine children during her lifetime. A delightful garden in Boston is named in her honor, thickly planted with roses of nearly every color and variety.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu / Mother Teresa (Aug. 1910 – Sept. 17, 2008) – Mother Teresa was a teacher, anti-abortion activist, and a salve to the poor and suffering. Her exemplary life won her the Nobel Peace Prize, the Pope’s nomination for Sainthood, and the construction of the Mother Teresa House in Macedonia. She is the only woman on our list to have no children of her own.

Mary Harris /Mother Jones (Aug. 1837 – Nov. 1930) – Mary Harris was the bulldog of the Knights of labor, a diligent workers advocacy group. Her monolithic headstone in the Miners Cemetery in IL is complete with bronze guardsmen.

Marie Skodowska-Curie/ Madame Curie (Nov. 1867 – July 1934) – Marie Curie was a highly regarded scientist and mathematician, and is the only woman to have earned two Nobel Peace Prizes. In 1995 her ashes were moved to an impressive tomb in the Pantheon, an honor normally reserved for men of knowledge and power.

Mary Wollstonecraft (Apr. 1759 – Sept. 1797) - Widely considered the "Mother of Feminism", Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her herculean efforts toward the Women’s Rights Movement. Her memorial is a humble, rectangular stone, set in the St. Pancras Old Church Yard.

Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy (July 1929 – May 1994) – Jackie O’, is best known for her utter devotion to her children and her poise after the untimely assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy. A dignified memorial plaque marks her resting place beside the eternal flame she commissioned for John.

Queen Elizabeth/ Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Aug. 1900 – March 2002) – The first commoner to marry into the English monarchy, Elizabeth Bows-Lyon was a virtuous queen before and after her husband’s passing. An elegant nine foot tall bronze bust of the Queen Mum wearing flowing robes and her well known smile, stands before Buckingham palace.

Mary of Nazareth/ Holy Mother of God (between 4 B.C. and 6 B.C.)– Mary is the most well known mother in all history. Due to the passionate followings of her son, Jesus, and the immaculate details surrounding his conception and birth, Mary is one woman who’s story was told, is told, and will be told, for all time. Her image is the most commercialized female image in the world, and statues of her can be found on every continent.

Sacagawea (1787-1812) – Sacagawea was the lone woman with a baby on her back that lead the Louis and Clark expedition on its journey from North Dakota territory across the Rocky Mountains. Two stamps and a gold, one dollar coin have been commissioned with her image.

Sophie Fredericke Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst/ Catherine the Great (April 1729 – Nov. 1796) – Catherine, born Sophie – was a German princess and the Empress of Russia. Her efforts to modernize Russia in the theme of enlightenment won her the heart of a nation, and a memorial statue before the Anichkov Palace, Alexandrinsky Drama Theater, and the Russian National Library.

Olympias (c.375-316) – Olympias was an Epirote tribal princess, Macedonian Queen, and mother of Alexander the Great. She manipulated and promoted her children toward political gain and destruction. A gold coin was commissioned with her image, a representation of true power during the period.

This information is dedicated to Mother's Day and memorializing Mothers. We at In the Light Urns really hold Mother's dearly, as a mother is the founder of our company.