Teacher; denominational executive. Born– January 24, 1879, Summerfield, Dallas County, Ala. Parents– Hugh Shepherd Darby and Jacqueline Louisa (Moore) Mallory. Education– A.B., Goucher College, 1902. Employed as teacher, Demopolis; superintendent, Women’s Missionary Union work, Selma Association, 1907; corresponding secretary of Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union, 1909-1912; corresponding secretary of the Woman’s Missionary Union, Southern Baptist Convention,  1912-1936; Executive Secretary, 1937-1948; in that capacity edited the WMU journal Royal Service and the annual yearbook of the WMU.  Honors– awarded honorary degrees by Selma University in Selma and Louisiana College in Pineville, LA.; the Baptist Convention named a hospital, Laichowfu, China, a chapel, Kokura, Japan, in her honor; Women’s Missionary Union Building, Birmingham, also named in her honor.  Inducted into Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 2000. Died June 17, 1954.


Marquis who’s who online; Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, v. 2; Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame website.


Manual of Woman’s Missionary Union Methods. S.l.; s.n., s.d.


Woman’s Missionary Union Year Book. S.l; s.n., s.d.