Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Edith Mae was born April 21, 1895, in Norrill, Kansas, daughter of Samuel S. and Lydia Schoch Warner. The Warner family moved to Tempe, Arizona, that same year. Edith attended Kyrene Elementary School and graduated from Tempe Normal School in 1914.

On September 12, 1917, in the Methodist Parsonage of Tempe, Edith married Thomas Meloan Owens, a farmer. Edith and Thomas had six children: Thomas Meloan Jr., born October 12, 1918; Samuel Henry Alexander, born August 20, 1819; Ruth Owens, born March 21, 1921; Warner Ellis, born December 9, 1923; Harold Burdett, born June 4, 1927; and George Calvin, born October 24, 1928.

As well as being a member of a pioneer family, Edith was a teacher and homemaker, a member of the First Methodist Church of Tempe, a participant and officer of the Kyrene PTA and president of the Kyrene Farm Bureau. She was a good mother and wife, caring for an invalid husband for many, many years.

Edith died on May 31, 1987, and was buried at Double Butte Cemetery in Tempe.

Donor: Jean Hall
December, 1998

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