Sarah “Sally” Ann (Shivers) Fisher Goldwater was born in Schell City, Vernon County, Missouri, on June 10, 1859, and came to Chino Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory in 1867 with her parents, David Wesley and Sarah J. (Roberts) Shivers, making their way overland by covered wagon.

In Chino Valley on November 17, 1875, she married John Lloyd Fisher, a bookkeeper and collector for The Arizona Miner newspaper, at the home of her parents.  They had a son, William Fisher, born March 31, 1884, died May 20, 1884, and two daughters, Harriet Tritle Ainsworth (1889) and Olive Fisher (1890). They also adopted a niece, Ethel, and reared her as their own.

Mayor Morris Goldwater boarded at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher at 240 S. Cortez Street. Mr. Fisher died at their home, July 31, 1897.  On September 19, 1906, Sally married Morris Goldwater in Los Angeles, California, attended only by a few immediate relatives.

She was "always an Episcopalian," and president of St. Mary's Guild of St. Luke's Church. Sally was a member of the Prescott Library Board, the Monday Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, President of the Yavapai County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and a member of the Prescott Bridge Club.

When Sarah A. Goldwater registered to vote in 1914, she stated she had grayish hair, blue eyes, was five feet seven inches tall, and weighed 195 pounds.

Sally suffered from heart disease for five years, and for the last twenty months was confined to her home in Prescott, where she died on August 19, 1934.  The funeral services were held at her home; she is buried in the Masonic Cemetery.  The home, 240 S. Cortez, is now the Hampton Funeral Home.

Donor: Olive Fisher
Photo Located: Historic Photo Collection (HPC), PO-329p
Updated: 4/13/2017, D. Sue Kissel