Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ETHEL CLARICE LESSARD EDWARDS
Ethel was born March 18, 1888, at Lane Flats near Mayer, the daughter of Albert W. and Virginia Lane Lessard.

She married Earl Edwards, and they homesteaded on the Agua Fria River. Her husband died in September 1935.

The mother-of-pearl inlay Singer sewing machine in the Bashford House was donated by Ethel, whose grandmother brought it to Arizona in a covered wagon. Her mother Virginia Lessard and her sister, Elva Breckenridge, are also represented in the Rose Garden.

Ethel died on November 4, 1979, leaving a daughter, Rhoda Diskin. Ethel is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Elva Breckenridge


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