Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Edith Alvira Cowan was born September 14, 1885, at Tombstone, Arizona, daughter of Margaret Mahoney and William Cowan. In 1905, she and William Joseph Davis, a cattle rancher, were married in Tombstone.

Edith and Joseph had four children: Clarence, born 1906; Alma D. Stevenson, born 1908; Houston, born 1910; and Ethel D. Perkins Lytle, born 1918. They lived all their lives on ranches except for short stints in Tombstone.

Their first residence was the Sandy Bob Ranch, where they lived from 1905 to 1916, and from 1916 until their deaths the family lived on the 47 Ranch on Davis Road 10 miles west of McNeal, Arizona.

In addition to being ranch wife and mother, Edith was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of McNeal and a 50-year member of the Tombstone Eastern Star. She belonged to the first Arizona Cowbelles organization that was organized by her sister-in-law Mattie (Mrs. Ralph) Cowan in Cochise County including the Douglas, Bisbee, Willcox and San Simon Valley areas.

Edith died on February 14, 1966, and was buried in the McNeal Cemetery.

DONOR: her daughter Ethel Davis Perkins Lytle

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