Rose Garden PhotographsSusan “Susie” (Mahony) Crose, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Mahony, was born on April 16, 1890, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. Her birth and weight of ten pounds were reported in the Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner on April 23, 1890.

Susie attended Washington School and graduated from Prescott High School in 1911 and from Arizona Territorial Normal School at Tempe in 1913.  She taught in Kirkland and Walnut Grove before marrying Jesse Earl Crose on September 19, 1915. Jesse had moved with his family to Prescott in a covered wagon in 1903. He worked for the Bashford-Burmister Company and later for the Santa Fe Railroad.

The wedding occurred at her parents’ residence on Aubrey Street in Prescott. The Weekly Journal-Miner, dated September 22, 1915, reported the following after their wedding: “This event was so popular as to attract scores of friends of the principals, many coming from the Verde, Kirkland and other valleys, where Miss Mahoney enjoyed a splendid name as a public school teacher.“

Upon their marriage, Susie and Jesse moved into the house Jesse had built at 224 S. Virginia Street, where Susie would live for the rest of her life.  They had one daughter, Ina Ruth (Crose) Perry, born December 19, 1921.

Susie was a housewife for most of her life and a charter member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Prescott, where she served as church clerk.  Susie and Jesse celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1965. The reception was hosted by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Perry, of Artesia, California, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s social committee.

Susie died on September 19, 1975, in the Yavapai Community Hospital on her sixtieth wedding anniversary. She was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Donors: Kizer and Poulson families, November 1999
Photo Located: Yavapai County People & Family, PC-50, F-Kizer Family Collection
Updated: 11/01/2015; D. Sue Kissel