Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Mildred, daughter of Wilford and Mittie J. Ware Hayden, was born July 7, 1895, at her parents' farm in the small settlement of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mildred went to Scottsdale grade and high schools and attended Tempe Normal School for three years. She and her siblings drove to Tempe Normal School with a horse and buggy and had to cross the Salt River. There was no bridge at that time so when the river was in flood stage, they would leave the horse and buggy on the north side of the river and walk the railroad bridge to Tempe.

On August 3, 1920, Mildred wed Agustus Adolphus Evans at her parents’ home in Scottsdale. The couple left immediately after the ceremony for Agustus’ cattle ranch in the Harquahala Valley. After a short stay, they sold their interest in the ranch and returned to the Salt River Valley.

Agustus and Mildred had four children: Authur H., born October 18, 1922; Richard E., born August 18, 1924; Raymond L., born April 24, 1926; and Ruth El Evans Cordes, born May 20, 1929. Mildred was an active member of the Methodist Church, the Grace Community Church in Tempe, the National Farm Bureau, Yavapai and Arizona Cowbelles, the Fowler Women's Club and the Republican Party.

When the family lived near Encanto Park, Mildred attended the local Garden Club meetings. She loved roses and had a garden full of rose bushes wherever she lived. She also liked sweet peas, hibiscus, queen’s wreath and honeysuckle. In addition, she maintained a vegetable garden at every home.

Mildred died on November 11, 1992, and was buried at Memorial Lawn Park in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mildred's mother, Jemima Ann Ware Hayden, and her sister, Helen Margaret Hayden Meeker, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Raymond L. Evans, son
May 2002

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