Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Edith was born in Prescott’s new Mercy Hospital (opened on Grove Street by the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet on March 19, 1897) on July 21, 1898. That is why her parents, John Ruddle Norton and Etta Wright Norton, gave her the middle name of Mercy. The Nortons, a Phoenix family, were in Prescott to escape the summer heat at the time of Edith’s birth.

She lived on North Ninth Avenue in Phoenix as a child and attended Margaret Court School there.

Edith married William Corpstein of Phoenix, whose active entrepreneurial family owned and operated the Valley Lumber Company, Valley Feed and Seed and Arizona Sash and Door.

The CorpsteinS had two children, Bill Jr. and Pete. The latter served as an Arizona State Legislator and was State Treasurer for a while.

Edith died in Phoenix on February 28, 1969. Her mother, Etta Wright Norton, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: John R. Norton, III, nephew
June 2005

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