Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MARTHA GIBSON MILLER
Martha Evergreen “Eva” (Gibson) Miller was born on April 7, 1884 in Globe, Arizona Territory to William and Sarah Ann Gibson. Born into a family of 13 children, Eva lived in Arizona all of her life.

On December 25, 1901, she married Harley William Miller in Ferguson Valley, Arizona. They lived in Skull Valley, at Date Creek Ranch outside of Congress and in Prescott on Dougherty Street. Eva had seven children: Harley Leroy (1903), Archie Barnard (1906), Nora Eva Cornwall (1908), Dora Grace Cummings (1913), James Lee (1917), Edna May Bayliff (1920) and Mary Ellen Dowdy (1927).

She was a kind, loving, patient, little pioneer lady to both her family and her friends. A very hard-working ranch woman, she was a wonderful cook who loved to make everything "special" for holidays. She always raised big summer and winter gardens on the Date Creek Ranch (15 miles out of Congress) and loved to can fruits and vegetables. In addition, Eva was an excellent seamstress and liked to make clothes for her family.

Her last few years were spent in the Arizona Pioneers Home in Prescott where she was very content and joined in all the activities. In her spare time, she crocheting many beautiful things, before passing away at age 94 on May 23, 1978. She is buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mary Ellen (Miller) Dowdy, 1996


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