Rose Garden PhotographsMae Lillian (Miles) Clark was born on March 16, 1890, in Pawnee County, Nebraska, the daughter of Alpharetta (McMichael) and Fredrick Joseph Miles. She attended Lower West Branch School in Pawnee before coming, with her family to Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Territory, in 1900 with the hope that her father would enjoy better health. However, he died of consumption in July 1905. As a teenager, Mae worked at Dorris-Heyman's Furniture Store in Phoenix as a bookkeeper.

On September 23, 1912, Mae married Carl Wood Clark in Phoenix, a farmer and dairyman. After their marriage, the Clarks moved to Tucson, where Carl attended the University of Arizona.

Mae and Carl raised six children: Hazel Lucille Deming (1912 - 2014), Robert Miles (1915 – 1919), Carl Wood Jr. (1919 - 2005), Richard (1922 - 2011), Mary Ruth Winick (1926 - 2012) and Dr. John Miles (1928 - 2005).

In 1915, they purchased a farm at Somerton in Yuma County, Arizona. While living in Yuma, Mae joined the Order of the Eastern Star and attended the Methodist Church.  In 1920, they came to Prescott and lived at the University of Arizona Experimental Station in the Granite Dells area. Mae was elected president of the Recreation Club of Miller Valley in 1932. From 1929 through the 1940s, they both farmed and operated Clark's Jersey Dairy.

In the 1950s, Mae and Carl went to Missouri for a while until drought forced their return to Prescott where they relocated at Granite Dells. After Carl’s death in December 1959, Mae moved to Park Avenue in Prescott.

Mae died September 3, 1969, in Pomona, California, where she had moved with her daughter, Mrs. Mary R. Winick, in October 1968. She is buried in the Clark family plot in the Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

Donor: Hazel (Clark) Deming, daughter
Photo Located: From the book, Willow Creek Road: The Story of the Three Brothers on an Arizona Ranch, by Richard Clark, Page 23.
Updated: 10/07/2015, D. Sue Kissel