|MAUDE BROWN ALKIRE|
|Maude Emily Brown Alkire, daughter of Mary Elisabeth Mayfield and John O. Brown, was born on February 29, 1872, in Cairo, Illinois.|
She came to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1896, and married George Almarin Alkire that same year on December 29. Maude and George adopted two children: Paul Leslie, born July 14, 1900, in Los Angeles, California; and Martha Alkire Bolte, born June 12, 1905, in Azusa, California.
Maude was a devoted homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix. The family resided at 618 North 6th Street near Phoenix Union High School.
The Alkire family was a prominent pioneer family in the Valley. George was a cattleman, Phoenix businessman, a member of the Arizona National Guard and a volunteer fireman. Maude was one of many women who foresook her family for love of her husband and helped build a new city in the desert.
Maude died on August 5, 1955, in Phoenix and was buried in Hermosa Beach, California.
Donor: Mernice and Marie Alkire, March, 2000