Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ELIZABETH LEE CHAMPIE

Lizzie was born on October 31, 1865, in Illinois, the daughter of Thomas and Agnes Bridget Feeley Lee. In 1886, the 20-year-old bride of Charles Edward Champie II, whom she had married on November 16, 1882, in Ft. McKavitt, Texas, came with her family to Arizona. They settled on the spit of land between Ash and French creeks.

A homemaker and rancher, Lizzie and Charles had 12 children: Bessie Bridget (Mrs. Frank) Morgan (October 7, 1883 in Ft. McKavitt); Addie U. (Mrs. Marshall) Young (October 16, 1884, in Ft. McKavitt); Charles Thomas (November 29, 1886, in Columbia AZ); Mary J. (Mrs. "Doc") Wills (February 10, 1889 in Columbia); Emma Lorien (Mrs. Thomas) Stockdale (September 12, 1892); Joseph (April 28, 1894); Annie Lee (Mrs. Clyde) Douglas (April 24, 1896); George Edward (January 15, 1898); Claire Elaine (Mrs. Fred) Cordes (February 7, 1900); Henry Lawton (December 2, 1902); Samuel Richard (died as an infant); Gertrude March (Mrs. Tommy) Walker (July 1909 in Crown King AZ).

In the 1950s, Lizzie was living as the matriarch of the far-flung Champie clan on the family place, then called "Champie Guest Ranch" in Castle Hot Springs. Lizzie died in Glendale, Arizona, in December 1958 and was buried in the Champie Cemetery in Castle Hot Springs.

Donor: Ann Tewksbury


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