Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Mary, the daughter of George and Adelaide Penover Francisco, was born in Lyons, New York, on November 22, 1872, and traveled west with the Bashford family in 1891. She lived at the home of Levi Bashford on South Mt. Vernon Street. The house is now located on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum.

Mary married Alfred Wheeler Averyt, a Whiskey Row merchant in July 1895 in Prescott. Henrietta Bashford was her maid of honor. In that year, Mary and Alfred built their home at 230 S. Pleasant Street. They also owned the two adjacent houses. Two children were born in the home on South Pleasant: Dorothy Edna Averyt Dicus in 1899 and Alfred Wheeler Averyt in 1901.

Mary attended the Methodist Church and was active in Ladies Aid. Alfred died, on his way to work, as a result of a fall from his bicycle on the icy street in front of the Elks Theater.

On February 23, 1907, Mary married Elijah Jenkins Flumerfelt in Tempe, where he was a cotton rancher. Elijah also owned a grocery store on Van Buren Street in Phoenix. She had two more children: Eleanor Jean Flumerfelt Eivar on November 21, 1908, and Ruth Elizabeth Flumerfelt McManus on November 21, 1912.

One of Mary's hobbies was gardening, and her favorite flower was the rose. She died in February 1958 in Whittier, California, and was buried in Rose Hills, Whittier.

Donor: Ruth Elizabeth Flumerfelt McManus and Frances Carol McManus Henderson

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