1 fd. containing a typed transcript of autobiography
Marne Whitaker Tuttle was born in Morgan, Utah the first child of ten to Wilford Woodruff Whitaker and Dora Edith Boyce. When very little, the family moved to Kanosh, Utah where Marne's father was a beekeeper. Although she grew up during the Great Depression, Marne's parents promised to pay for one year of higher education. So, in the early 1940's Marne attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. There she met A. Theodore Tuttle, whom she later married in Manti, Utah on July 26, 1943. With America's entry into World War II, Marne became a war bride when Theodore was called to military duty in the Pacific Rim. During the battle of Iwa Jima, Theodore received word of the birth of his first son. When Theodore returned, he went on to receive his education in seminaries and theologies. In 1953, Theodore was asked to be Supervisor of Seminaries and Institutes for the Church, and the family moved to Provo, Utah. In 1961, Theodore was called to supervise the five South American missions of the L.D.S. Church, with headquarters in Uruguay. Marne and the family followed Theodore to Uruguay where they lived for 14 years. Marne and Theodore had seven children.
Marne's autobiography is 17 pages in length and typed for smooth reading. The literary style is written mostly in the 3rd person which may confuse the reader on authorship. However, this is a literary technique of Marne and very much her own story. Because of her husband's intense involvement with the L.D.S. Church in both seminary and missionary work, Marne gives wonderful insight to those programs during the 50's and 60's. Furthermore, Marne's early life is typical of most young mothers during the war years. She describes her fears and trials of having a husband involved in a world war. Marne includes in her autobiography a draft of a short essay she wrote entitled My First Day of Visiting Teaching in Quito, Ecuador, May 27, 1976. This essay tells a great deal about the personality and work of Marne Tuttle.