Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Vera was born on March 15, 1892, in Toronto, Canada, to Michael and Mary Donohue McNulty. She moved with her family to the Arizona Territory in 1894 from Trinidad, Colorado. Vera graduated from Tempe Normal (now Arizona State University) in 1913. Vera married Leo Vincent Keeney, and they had a daughter, Veronica.

As a young teacher, Vera taught for two years at Granite Mountain School, then was hired to teach at Lincoln Elementary School in Prescott from 1915 until the early 1930s as a third grade teacher and principal. Vera had one of the last Lifetime Teacher Certificates awarded by the State of Arizona.

An accomplished musician, Vera played violin in the city orchestra and also in a girls' orchestra in Prescott. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was very active in Catholic Daughters. Also she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, American Legion Post No. 6 Auxiliary, and was a life member of Elks Ladies Post No. 330.

Vera died August 3, 1993, at her Prescott home, where she lived for 70 years, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Ann Tewksbury

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