Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Helen was born November 17, 1885, at 103 South Mt. Vernon St. in Prescott, Arizsona Territory, to Kate A. Dunning and Amos Adams. She attended local schools, Pomona College, the Arizona Territorial Normal Schools first in Tempe and then in Flagstaff, where she was graduated with a lifetime teaching certificate.

She became an accomplished musician and, being very athletic, coached local basketball. In Flagstaff she met George Leroy Colton, and they were married in Prescott in 1906. They made their home in Flagstaff, where a daughter, Harriette Alice Colton (Mrs. Roxie) Webb, was born on January 1908. Helen was a member of the Episcopal Church of Flagstaff.

In 1913, the Coltons moved to the Grand Canyon, where Helen became the first woman Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public. In 1922, they moved to California.

She was a woman of fine character who made many friends. Helen died on September 21, 1943, in Sierra Madre (Pasadena), California, and was buried in Prescott at Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mrs. Roxie Webb

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