Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Lurie Jacobson Stewart was born on June 4, 1896, in Safford, Arizona. Her parents were Peter Jorgen Christian Anton Jacobson and Abigail Lovina Marie Fowler Jacobson. P. J. Jacobson was one of the settlers of Safford and was a successful businessman. He owned much real estate including houses, farms, a dairy and at one time a mercantile business. Jacobson later went on to become mayor of Safford.

Lurie attended the Safford schools and graduated from high school in 1914. She later attended Gila Academy in Thatcher. On April 14, 1918, she married the love of her life, David Jepson Stewart in Thatcher. Soon after the wedding, David and his brother Clifford joined the Army and went to France to fight for their country in World War I. After David’s return from the war, he was a successful businessman in the Safford area for many years.

The couple had five daughters: Thella Stewart Taylor, born October 10, 1920; Emma Lou Stewart Stophlet, born August 23, 1925; Delva Stewart Ricks, born October 7, 1927; Dessie Stewart, born February 1, 1930; and Gail Stewart Montierth, born July 26, 1932.

Lurie was an accomplished piano player and played for many church functions. The family has great memories of evenings gathered around the piano with Lurie, David and all the children harmonizing to such tunes as “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” or “I Love You Truly.”

Lurie was an active member of the LDS Church. She and her family members were very patriotic, and Lurie served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Safford for some time. She spent many hours directing “Red Poppy Days” to raise funds for disabled veterans. She was a deep and caring person who loved her family dearly.

Lurie passed away at an early age of 52 on September 15, 1948. Her husband David died in 1959. They were both buried in the Safford Cemetery. Her daughter wrote that Lurie was truly a patriotic Arizona pioneer woman with a strong love for her family and her country.

Donor: Gail Montierth, daughter
April 2005

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.