Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Rachel was born on May 14, 1898, in Prescott, the daughter of Esta Miller and Monroe Redden. Following the death of her mother, she was raised by her grandmother Rachel Miller on the Miller Ranch in Skull Valley. She was graduated from Prescott High School in 1917, having taken part in basketball, dramatics and acting in Spanish plays. Under her yearbook picture was written:

"Upon her we can depend
'17 traditions to defend.
Calm, studious and steady,
You will find her ever ready,
To promote any enterprise
That enhances P.H.S. in the world's eyes-
RACHEL REDDEN, that's you."

She went to Tempe Normal School and taught in Jerome, Arizona, and in Lincoln School, Prescott. On July 26, 1922, she married Clifford Eugene Koontz, and they lived at Bar U Ranch in Skull Valley.

From there they moved to Mayer, where Clifford ran Quarter Circle V Bar Ranch. He bought the Z Ranch in that area, and in 1928 the LE Ranch that adjoined it. The character Phil Acton in Harold Bell Wright's novel "When a Man's a Man" was modeled after Clifford. The Koontzes had a son, Carl James, in 1925.

She was president of Yavapai Cowbelles and helped organize the Junior Yavapai Cattle Growers. She was Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge, and belonged to the Eastern Star. In 1959, Rachel lived in Paulden.

Her grandmother, mother and mother-in-law are represented in the Rose Garden.

Rachel died in February 1972 on a ranch in northwestern Arkansas and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

Donor: Yavapai Cowbelles

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