Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Lillian was born, the daughter of Willie Rhodes and James W. Welty, on February 17, 1884, near Barksdale, on Cedar Creek in Texas. The Welty family moved to Socorro County, New Mexico, about 1900. There Lillian married William J. Satathite, a rancher, on January 18, 1906.

The couple came to Arizona first in 1911 to the Dysart Ranch in Glendale; then moved to the Owenby Ranch in Oak Creek, and to Peeples Valley in 1913 where they bought their first home. Her daughter describes her mother's life as a "rough but nice one."

Although her mother died when she was 12 years old and Lillian had little opportunity for education, she never quit working and never quit learning. The Satathites had four children: three sons--Marion (deceased), Jim (deceased) and Clayton of Yava; and one daughter, Pearl Ethridge.

Lillian was very active in the Parent Teachers Association and the Community Center. She was a charter member of the Yavapai County Cowbelles and of the National Federation of Women's Clubs in Kirkland. For more than 30 years she was Postmistress at Yava, receiving her appointment from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which is commemorated in a desk set sent to her by the President and which the family cherishes.

Lillian died in the Arizona Pioneers' Home, February 3, 1971, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Pearl Ethridge

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