Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MAY (LILY) LARREMORE WILSON

May was born on May 10, 1898, in Prescott, the ninth and youngest child of Sarah Jane Milne and Lebbius Thaddeus Larremore of Yeager Canyon, Arizona. She went to school in McCabe and Humboldt. On January 26,1917, in Humboldt she married Luther Frank Wilson, who owned Blue Bell Mine at Mayer and operated a stage line.

In the book "Echoes of the Past," May told the story of her first and only visit to San Francisco on her honeymoon with a great deal of amusement. Frank's first love had always been pursuing any interesting leads in mining. Upon depositing his bride in a room at the Palace Hotel, he excused himself to go for a cigar.

Many hours later, full of knowledge he had gained from a long conversation with a newfound friend in the mining game and spirits in which they had imbibed and smoking a big black cigar, he presented himself to May the next day. All of their 46 years found them deeply devoted to each other. Many times they spoke of returning for their second honeymoon, but the years went by too quickly for this dream to be fulfilled.

May and Luther had three daughters: Mrs. Yvonne Howington Morgan, Lorraine (Mrs. Frank) Vallely and Wyona (Mrs. Kent) Larrell. May was employed by the telephone company in Humboldt and lived at 107 Grace Avenue. She was a Christian Scientist. Her sister, Mary Elizabeth Lange, and her sister-in-law, Stella Fowler, are also represented in the Memorial Rose Garden.

May died on May 7, 1961, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Yvonne Howington, daughter



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