Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ROSANNAH MACK PREY COATES

Rose was born March 27, 1879, in Toma, Iowa, the daughter of Sarah Amelia Hatfield and Spellman Fremont Mack. She was raised in Kansas. When she was 15, she was married to Albert Prey, a marriage arranged by her father.

Her husband left her to go on a cattle drive and returned to find that baby Hazel (Violet Hazel Prey Thompson) had been born on March 30, 1894. He threatened violence to the baby so Rose told him to go and forget about them. She went to work to support herself and the baby and to pay for a divorce.

Joseph Russell Coates, a neighbor of the Macks in Kansas, had fallen in love with Rose when he first saw her sitting on a wagon and drying her platinum hair. They were married in Pawnee County, Kansas, in 1900, the day after her divorce was final. Because of Rose's asthma, the Coates moved to Williams, Arizona, where Joseph worked for the railroad. One night he was injured while working on the railroad and was never able to hold a job again. Rose took in washing and ran a boarding house in Flagstaff, until they moved to Prescott, where a friend had said there was more work. Joseph became supervisor of Stoney Point Development in exchange for rent and Rose went to work at the Prescott Laundry.

By 1920 there were eight Coates children: Hiram Taylor (November 29, 1900 - July 5, 1970), Amelia Agnes Aston (February 7, 1902 - 21 September 1963); Bill Williams (December 21, 1905 - January 2, 1974); John David (August 16, 1907 - March 11, 1977); Charles Albert (February 15, 1909 - May 27, 1976); Sarah Rosannah Parrish (October 25, 1918 - ); Thomas Lane (April 10, 1920 - August 20, 1976). Joseph was home when the children came home from school, and he did much of the cooking and other chores about the home.

When the family came to Prescott in 1909, they lived at Stoney Point on South McCormick Street and later moved to 227 North Marina Street, converting the old church building into a home.

Rose loved the out-of-doors, loved to fish and pick elderberries and wild grapes out of which she would make jelly and, on occasion, wine. She picked wild walnuts, shelled them, and sold them for $1 a quart. Rose pieced quilt tops, like the crazy quilts of silk and satin pieces and then she would "feather stitch" around each piece and sometimes embroider a flower on the plain pieces. On November 11, 1955, Rose died in Prescott and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mohea Williams Coates


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