Sedona Arabella <I>Miller</I> Schnebly

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Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly

  • Birth 24 Feb 1877 Gorin, Scotland County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 13 Nov 1950 Sedona (Coconino County Side), Coconino County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Sedona (Yavapai County Side), Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
  • Memorial ID 22760055

In 1902 the town of Sedona was named after this pioneer woman.
A large statue of Sedona can been seen at the Sedona Public Library.

Sedona‘s parents were Phillip and Amanda Miller. She married T. Carl Schnebly on her 20th birthday in Gorin, Missouri and they were the parents of 6 children. In 1901 they moved to the banks of Upper Oak Creek with 2 young children, Elsworth and Pearl. After 2 years of hard work, the Schneblys had opened the first store, the first hotel, which Sedona ran, the first truck farm and the first post office. Daughter Genevieve was born here.
When Carl applied for the first Post Office several names for the town was rejected by the Post Master General, Washington D.C. Carl's brother suggested they use the name Sedona and on June 26, 1902, the Postmaster approved it. At the age of 25, Sedona became the mother of the town and was very well liked throughout her life by the community.
Life was hard for this pioneer woman. In 1905 daughter Pearl died in an accident which affected Sedona deeply. The family moved back to Gorin, Missouri, then to Colorado and finally returned to Sedona in 1931 during the height of the depression. They rented a one room house, and Sedona at the age of 54 yrs. washed and ironed uniforms for the CCC.
She was active in the American Union Sunday School, serving as secretary-treasurer. Her careful investments made it possible to build the Wayside Chapel and the Chapel Bell, which can be heard throughout the red rock canyons, is dedicated to her memory.
Sedona died from cancer and was buried next to her daughter, Pearl


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  • Created by: Joanne
  • Added: 8 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22760055
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (24 Feb 1877–13 Nov 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22760055, citing Cooks Cedar Glade Cemetery, Sedona (Yavapai County Side), Yavapai County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Joanne (contributor 46935316) .