Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Alice and her twin sister, Ione, were born on November 23, 1886, in Yuma, Arizona, daughters of Clara Belle Parton and Melville George Greenleaf.

Alice attended school in Yuma through eighth grade. Then her mother moved Alice and her two sisters and a brother to a house in Tempe so the children could further their education, there being no high school in Yuma at the time. Alice and Ione attended Tempe Normal School, from which they graduated in 1905, and returned to Yuma to teach.

On April 28, 1908, Alice married Peter Francis Byrne at Yuma. Peter was a veteran Rough Rider and secretary of the Yuma Territorial Prison until 1912 when he became the Yuma Arizona Assistant Postmaster. Peter and Alice had four children: Margaret Ione Graham Perry, born November 10, 1910; Alice Monica Books, born July 22, 1911; Francis Edna Keller, born August 17, 1912; and Peter C. born in 1916.

In addition to continuing her teaching career, Alice was a member of the Episcopal Church and a Worthy Matron in the Eastern Star. Alice and Peter were avid tennis players and taught the game to all their children. Alice's daughters all became educators and her son an attorney.

Alice was a Yuma teacher and eventually school principal between 1905 until 1939 and was honored after her death by having the Alice Byrne School named for her. In 1987, she was elected to the Education Hall of Fame.

Alice died in 1952 and was buried in the family plot at Yuma.

Donor: Patricia B. Proper
February 2000

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