Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Clay, daughter of James O. and Clara Ann Pierce Carter, was born on October 4, 1907, at Walnut Grove in Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. She attended school in Walnut Grove and Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from Tempe Normal School in 1927 and did graduate work at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

On May 15, 1932, Clay married Eric Talmadge “Patsy” Potter in Walnut Grove. The couple had one son, Pierce Carter (known as P.C.). They lived in Walnut Grove, Tempe, Kirkland Junction and Prescott, Arizona through the years.

In addition to being a ranch wife, Clay was a schoolteacher at Walnut Grove School for four years and in the Kirkland School for 26 years. She was named Northern Arizona District Schools' Teacher of the Year in 1958. She was a member of the Skull Valley Bible Church, the Kirkland Federated Woman’s Club and the Yavapai Cowbelles.

Clay died on September 4, 2002, and was buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Her mother Clara Ann Pierce Carter, her maternal grandmother Mary Caroline Bursey Pierce, and paternal grandmother Eliza Elizabeth King Carter are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

For more information about the Carter family, see ECHOES OF THE PAST Vol. 2.

Donor: son, P.C. and Pat Potter
May 2006

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