Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Gussie was born May 10, 1894, in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Louis LaMar and Isa Elizabeth Denver Green. She moved to the mining camp in Bisbee, Arizona Territory, in 1905, then to the new family homestead in Arlington Valley near Buckeye in 1910.

A summer vacation taken by Gussie when she was 16, and her sister, 13, is described in "Memoirs of Eight Women of Arizona." On her first date in 1910, she worried about where to sit in the buggy! Her brother's advice: "If you are sitting close enough to hear his watch tick, you are too close and should move away."

In 1923, she married Mr. Wood and had six children: Clayton W, Leonard B., Wilber W., Elizabeth Gallagher, Hazel Baker and Leona M.

Widowed, Gussie supported her family by working as a practical nurse. As a young wife, she wrote a weekly column of community news for the Arizona Republic.

She entered the Arizona Pioneers' Home in 1970, and in 1976 began writing a community news column about the Home's activities for the Prescott Courier. She was the last of Real Daughters of the Confederacy and a member of Prescott First Southern Baptist Church.

Gussie died on May 1, 1996, and was buried at the Palo Verde Cemetery in Palo Verde, Arizona.

Donor: Gussie Wood

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