Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Evelyn (Evie) Budd was born in Ruston, Louisiana, on January 8, 1902, the daughter of Ida Fries and Oswald B. Budd. Her father came to Prescott in 1907 to work with the railroads and brought his family with him. As a child, Evie lived on the corner of Western and Garden streets across from a house Tom Mix once occupied.

Evie attended Lincoln and Washington schools, graduated from Prescott High School and attended The University of Arizona. She worked for the Civil Service in the Personnel Department at Ft. Whipple in 1921. In April 1924, she married Richard L. Merritt, a city engineer, in Prescott. Merritt Street is named after her husband.

Richard and Evie lived at 345 Park Avenue during the 60 years of their married life. They had three children: Virginia (Vim) Irene Phillips, William and Richard, Jr.

Evie was member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, P. E. O. Chapter 0, Eastern Star and the Sharlot Hall Museum Historical Society as well as being a mother and homemaker who loved to cook, garden and sew. She was an active early volunteer at Sharlot Hall Museum when the museum was being founded and wrote ARIZONA'S FIRST CAPITAL, one of the museum's earliest publications.

Evie was noted to have mentioned several times that she felt Eva Favour (also represented in the Rose Garden) deserved much credit for the museum's beginnings as it was Eva who influenced her husband John, a legislator at the time, to become one of the museum's founders and funders.

Evie died on April 19, 1999. Memorial Services were held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Her mother, Ida Fries Budd, is also represented in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Ann Tewksbury
May 1999

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