Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
FRANCIS VIRGINIA WINGFIELD STEPHENS

Fannie was born in October 28, 1872, in Salem, Oregon, the third child of pioneer William Gilmore and Margrette Ann Pleasents Wingfield, who settled the Verde Valley in 1875.

The family came to Arizona Territory by a horse-drawn wagon. Her father drove the first white-faced cattle into the Territory and ranched under the Hatchet Brand.

Fannie attended Upper Verde, now Cottonwood, and Beaver Creek schools. She married William Stephens under a floral arch erected in the Lower Verde schoolhouse on June 6, 1892.

Fannie and William had four children: Marguerite S. (Mrs. Don) Bell (1893), Mabel S. Ellis (1885), Mildred (1898), and Harold, who was killed in World War II. She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star.

Her husband William died in 1930. Fannie died on May 11, 1969, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Dr. Florence Yount



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