Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Lee Annie, daughter of Abraham and Martha Jane Gist Charlton, was born on November 8, 1878, in Simmons, Arizona. She attended elementary school in Simmons, Liberty, Ft. McDowell and graduated from Phoenix Public High School.

In Glendale, Arizona, on November 27, 1902, she married Nathaniel Anthony Sanders. Nathaniel was a prominent Phoenix citizen, councilman and owner of a dredge transport business. In 1904, he sold his transport business, and the couple moved to Liberty, where they took up ranching and farming.

Lee Annie and Nathaniel had ten daughters: Clyda Ann Markhem, born August 15, 1902; a daughter stillborn at birth; Ruth Evelyn Pinney, born July 16, 1905; Maude Lee Hinshaw, born August 25, 1907; Francis Eugina Atchley, born April 6, 1909; Julia Nell Atchley, born October 12, 1910; Edna Mae Godbehere, born November 8, 19??; Martha Catherine Weedon, born May 13, 1913; Irene Roy Lemley, born June 5, 1916; and Pauline Jane Sims, born October 7, 1919.

In addition to being a busy housewife and mother, Lee Annie was very active in the Methodist Church, a member of the Arizona Sons and Daughters, the West Gila Valley Old Timers Club, the Arizona Pioneer Society, First Families of Arizona, Liberty Women’s Club, Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Democratic Women’s Club.

On her 71st birthday she was a guest on a radio show and told the listening audience, “I have lived in Arizona all my life and still like it!” Spoken like a true native.

Lee Annie died on November 28, 1952, and was buried at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donor: Pauline Jane Sanders Sims, daughter
June, 2001

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