Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ALICE MARGARET FITZGERALD MAHONEY

Alice, the fifth of 10 children of Margaret Donahue and Patrick Fitzgerald, was born on January 4, 1891, at Crown King in the Bradshaw Mountains. Her mother, days after her birth, carried her by horseback to Prescott, where she was baptized in the Catholic faith. In 1892 the family was established in a home on South Cortez Street so that the children could have better schooling in a more civilized environment.

Alice graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1910 and became secretary to Michael Cuniff, a Harvard University scholar who drafted the Arizona Constitution in Crown King and took it for approval to the Constitutional Convention in Phoenix in 1912.

During the legislative session of 1914, Alice met William Patrick Mahoney, an Oatman miner, who was the Senator from Mohave County. They were married on June 15, 1915, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Phoenix. William P. Mahoney, Jr. was born in Phoenix on November 17, 1916, her only son. Their three daughters were Margaret M. Spaw (1918-1993), Patricia M. Schwenk (1920-1971), and Erin M. McCarthy (1924-1986).

Alice died on April 26, 1952, and was buried in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix.

Donor: William P. Mahoney, Jr.


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