Camilla Eyring Kimball was born 7 December 1894 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Edward Christian Eyring (1868-1957) and Caroline Cottam Romney (1874-1954) and died 20 September 1987 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. She married Spencer Woolley Kimball (1895-1985) 16 November 1917 in Pima, Graham County, Arizona, United States.

Wife of Spencer W Kimball, Apostle and 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also sister of famous chemist, Henry Eyring.

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Kimball's grandfather, Heber C. Kimball, was one of the original Latter Day Saint apostles and later served as first counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency of the LDS Church. Through his aunt Helen Mar Kimball, he was a nephew of Joseph Smith, Jr..

His wife, Camilla Eyring, is a granddaughter of Miles Park Romney. She is a direct cousin to Mormon Apostle Marion George Romney (1897-1988), who was a counselor to Spencer Kimball during his tenure as President of the church. Camilla is also a direct cousin to George Wilcken Romney (1907-1995), former governor of Michigan and father of 2012 US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.


Newlyweds - Camilla Eyring and Spencer Kimball

His tenure at Apostle and Church President was noteworthy for the 1978 Revelation on the Priesthood which extended the opportunity to receive the priesthood to all worthy male members of the LDS Church.

The number of missionaries also greatly increased and a burst of temple building occurred. His book The Miracle of Forgiveness is one of the best-known church books within the LDS Church.

During this time he courted Camilla Eyring, sister of the famous chemist Henry Eyring, and they married civilly on November 16, 1917 in Pima, Arizona. Seven months later, on June 7, 1918, the couple were sealed in a marriage ceremony in the Salt Lake Temple. They eventually had four children: Spencer L., Olive Beth, Andrew E., and Edward L.

Shortly after marrying, Kimball received employment in banking. After working for several different banks, in 1927 he started his own insurance and real estate agency. Additionally, he made a significant portion of his income as a debt collector. This he continued until his call into full time church service. Kimball was also actively involved in PTA, city council, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, and elected statewide leader of the Arizona Rotary Club in 1936.

In 1938 the St. Joseph Stake was divided, and Spencer was called to be the president of the new Mount Graham Stake. Concerned that some over whom he would preside might harbor ill feelings toward him, Spencer and Camilla visited with any who might have such feelings in order to “clear the slate.”

On July 8, 1943 Kimball was extended the call to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by J. Reuben Clark of the First Presidency. He was ordained an apostle and set apart as a member of that quorum on Thursday, October 7, 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple by church president Heber J. Grant.

Family Life

  1. Spencer Levan Kimball (1918-2004) -
  2. Olive Beth Kimball
  3. Andrew E Kimball
  4. Edward L Kimball - a now-retired law professor at Brigham Young University, m. Evelyn Madsen.


Offspring of Spencer W. Kimball and Camilla Eyring (1894-1987)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Spencer Levan Kimball (1918-2004) 26 August 1918 Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona 26 October 2003 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Kathryn Ann Murphy (1917-1990) Kathryn Ann Murphy (1917-1990) Grace Virginia Barrus (1917-2003)
Olive Beth Kimball
Andrew E Kimball
Edward Lawrence Kimball (1930-2016) September 1930 Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona 21 November 2016 Provo, Utah County, Utah Evelyn Bee Madsen (1929-2012)



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