Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Eliza was born in London, England, on January 14, 1853 (or 1856), to John and Clara Picton Howard. She married John Shields in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 8, 1870.

The Shields family was on its way to Arizona during the Mormon migration on January 31, 1882, when Eliza gave birth to a son, Frank Ward Shields, near Four Corners. She had two other children, Faithful Letetia Shields and Brigham Young Shields.

John Shields was a teamster. He settled his family in Winslow while he hauled supplies for the building of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad across northern Arizona.

Later, they lived in Pima, Arizona, and he hauled concentrate from Globe to Willcox. On his return trip, he hauled coke that came in on the train from England.

Eliza Shields died in Pima on March 21, 1922. She and her husband were buried in the Pima Cemetery.

Eliza's granddaughter, Theora Shields Widener, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Nominated by Mona Lange McCroskey
February 2007

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