Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Mary was born May 7, 1842, the daughter of John and Ann Rebecca Turley Dailey of Oakland, Maryland. She married General George Crook on August 21, 1865, in Alleghany County, Maryland. Mary accompanied her husband to Arizona.

While General Crook was stationed at Ft. Whipple in 1873, Mary starred in a play entitled "Trying It On." She turned the sod for the burying of the time capsule beneath the pole where the telegraph wire started.

Mary was a true and devoted helpmate during the trying days of frontier warfare. She made many friends in Prescott who noted her charming manner and gracious hospitality. The Crooks had no children and, according to Crook's Autobiography, "their domestic life was seasonal."

Mary died September 24, 1895, and was buried in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia An unofficial but reliable source says she was the first woman buried there.

Donor: General George Crook Chapter, D.A.R.

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