Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Helen Margaret, daughter of Jemima Ann Ware and Wilford Hayden, was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 17, 1900. Her parents came to Arizona Territory from Missouri, and the family first lived near Phoenix, until the flood of 1891 ruined their farm.

The family moved to higher ground two miles southeast of Scott’s ranch, and their six children helped the community reach the number required to form School District 48. It was designated in the summer of 1896 as “Scotts-Dale,” the first official recognition of the town.

Helen, nicknamed “Teenie” by her nieces and nephews, attended Scottsdale Public Schools, Tempe Normal School of Arizona, and Randolph Macon Women's College in Virginia. On April 26, 1927, she married Raymond Floyd Meeker, an accountant, in Scottsdale.

The couple had no children, but Helen had a busy active life. During World War II, she was secretary for the Eleventh Naval District in San Diego, California. A lover of roses, she had a beautiful garden while the couple lived in California.

Helen was also secretary for the Methodist Church in San Diego and a transcriber of Books for the Blind, reprinting them into large print. She was an artist in various media, an avid bridge player, and a lover of music and the theater. Teenie and her husband also lived in Prescott, where Raymond was employed by the Valley National Bank.

Helen died on January 17, 1996, in Tempe and was buried in San Diego, California. Her mother, Jemima Ann Ware Hayden, and her sister, Mildred Ethel Hayden Evans, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donors: Ruth Cordes, niece, and Raymond Evans, nephew, and Marlene Evans.
May 2005

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