Well, look here! GOOD NEWS. Carol, the record you found refers to a woman born in November 1848 - NOT 1888!
"MARY E. LOWE HANSON MERRICK Mary, Daughter of William and Mary Sanderline Lowe was born in Albany, Wisconsin on November 19, 1848. At a tender age she moved with her parents to California. She grew to womanhood in Eldorado City, California and was married to Mr. Hanson. After her husband's death Mary moved to Prescott, Arizona with her two sons, Robert M. and William C. Hanson and her daughter Mary C. (who later became Mrs. Serata). R. M. and William became prominent citizens of Yavapai County, both involved in mining, and Mary E. became the grandmother of ten grandchildren. In the latter 1870's Mary became the bride of Dr. Smith who died in the 1880's.
Mary is remembered as one of the talented women in Arizona for her line of literary work. Her poems attracted wide attention and she contributed to many of the leading magazines, winning high renown for her altruistic ideas. Her home life was also consistently followed along these lines, and her generous nature knew no limit. She figured conspicuously in charitable works and was a strong advocate of woman suffrage and an ardent believer in temperance.
On September 6, 1909 Mary married Joseph P. Merrick in a ceremony the Prescott Courier hailed as the most novel wedding in Yavapai County history. The Courier along with leading merchant and business men of the community sponsored the promotion of a Labor Day marriage and the identity of the couple was not known until they appeared at the front door of the Courier office on their way to the platform for the ceremony where they were married by the "Marring Justice" Charles H. McLane. It was reported that the bride was tastefully gowned in gray silk, elaborately trimmed in pink and white lace carrying a handsome bouquet of white roses, the gift of Mrs. W. N. Kelly. After the ceremony and the presentation of cash reward from the Courier and many valuable presents, the couple were driven to their comfortable bungalow on South Mount Vernon Street in a taxicab, the use of which was donated for the memorable event by John Massing. Mary died on July 23, 1918 at the Pioneer's Home and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery."