Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Zella Dysart, daughter of Samuel Andrew Dysart and Elizabeth Higbee, was born in Lancaster, Missouri, on November 4, 1881. She attended Phoenix High School, Oberlin College in Ohio, where she studied music, and San Jose Normal School where she received her teaching degree.

With her two brothers and a sister, Zella kept a diary of a trip to the Grand Canyon that was published in 1996 as "Summer Sojourn to the Grand Canyon - the 1898 diary of Zella Dysart."

In Phoenix on August 6, 1908, she married George Walton Vaughn, who was in the grocery business. George and Zella had four children; Dr. Louis Dysart Vaughn, Dr. George W. Vaughn, Jr., Virginia Ann Vaughn Tigar and Dr. John F. Vaughn. They also had ten grandchildren. Zella was a teacher, homemaker and member of the Christian Church.

Zella died on November 2, 1972, and was buried in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donors: Dr. John and Patricia Vaughn

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