Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Emma Marie Stewart was born June 9, 1892, in Paola, Kansas, daughter of Ivy Vandervort and Annie Bradbury Stewart. Her parents brought her to Tempe, Arizona, in 1893. Emma attended Kyrene and Tempe Elementary schools and graduated in 1912 from Tempe Normal School.

In 1913, she married Reginald Elliott, a homesteader and farmer. The Elliotts had two daughters, Helen Louise Painter Polingo, born January 21, 1918, and Hazel Marie Owens, born January 2, 1920.

Emma divorced Reginald in 1922 and later, in 1930, married Harry Allen Hazard, a contractor and builder. In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Emma taught school at Tonto Basin (now under Lake Roosevelt). She was a member and deaconess of the Baptist Church, the first woman school board member of the Kyrene School District, active in the Kyrene PTA, and a charter member of the Tempe Women's Club.

In addition to being a member of a pioneer family, she played an active role in her community.

Emma died on June 4, 1978, 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.