|Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden|
PAMELA F. LIBBEY OTIS
Pamela was born on December 31, 1835, in Limington, Maine, the daughter of Irene Meads and Carl Libbey, Jr. She was educated at Parsonfield Seminary in Maine and taught for 12 years at Westside High School in Cleveland,Ohio.
Pamela, her husband Theodore Weld Otis and their four-year-old daughter Mary came to Prescott, Arizona, in 1874 from Los Angeles with a freight team loaded with groceries. Here Theodore established a grocery business and continued it for 36 years, the first eight of which he also served as postmaster of Prescott.
Theodore was the first person to string a telephone line from his store to his home on the east side of North Pleasant Street (no. 113) at the corner of East Gurley Street.
Pamela's daughter, Mary Kate Blake, said of her mother that she was "mother adviser to the young lady teachers who braved the long journey from the East and taught in Prescott, among them being Lucy Sherman." The Miner said of her "Mrs. O. is said to be one of those noble ladies who never tire of doing good things."
Pamela taught Sharlot Hall and Frances Munds in Sunday School. An avid worker for Temperance, Pamela formed the WCTU Chapter in Prescott. She was president of the Literary and Library Association in 1876 and read a poem at a meeting of the Teachers' Institute in Prescott on April 30, 1877.
Active in the Arizona Federation of Women's Clubs and the Monday Club, Pamela led many discussion programs. She held Chatauqua readings at her residence and the meetings to establish the First Congregational Church.
Pamela died on September 19, 1911, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.
Donor: Mrs. E. M. Blake
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