Olive Valora Haisley was born in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, on January 15, 1895, the daughter of Albert and Margaretta (Harvey) Haisley. She graduated from Prescott High School in 1914, where she had been the captain of the Women’s Basketball Team.  Under her graduation picture in the 1914 Prescott High School yearbook, The Hassayamper, was written, "For she was just the quiet kind whose natures never vary."

She attended New Haven School of Physiotherapy in New Haven, Connecticut, and became a physical therapist. She was a life member of Arizona Physiotherapy Association, and worked in hospitals in Ohio, Colorado, California, and Montana, as well as in Arizona. The newspaper obituary published in the Arizona Republic on November 1971 stated: “She was head of the physiotherapy department of Deaconess Hospital, Great Falls, Montana for seven years.”

Olive resided at 319 West Leroux, in Prescott. When Olive registered to vote in May 1922, she stated she was 5 feet, 7 ½ inches tall, weighed 135 pounds, had brown hair, blue eyes, and was a Republican.

When she was enumerated on the 1930 census in Jerome, Yavapai County, Arizona, she was working at the United Verde Hospital, paying thirty dollars a month for rent.   In Prescott, she worked with Dr. Looney, Dr. Southworth, and both doctors Clarence and Florence Yount.

Before retiring she worked at Friendly Hills Fellowship in Hemet, Riverside County, California.  She was a volunteer worker with the Handicap Center in Prescott after retirement.

Her mother, Margaretta (Harvey) Haisley, and sisters, Ruth (Haisley) Paull and Orpha (Haisley) Green, are also represented in the Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden.  Sharlot Hall Museum Archives has several photographs of Olive, including one of her in her basketball uniform.

Olive died on November 6, 1971, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: John and Peggy Paull
Photo Located:  PVF – PO-340
Updated: 6/1/2017; D. Sue Kissel