Louise Elizabeth (Cowling) Peters

Cochise County Treasurer 1973-1980

Louise Elizabeth Cowling was born October 9, 1918, in Bisbee to Henrietta Jemima Craft and James Mitchell Cowling. She graduated from Bisbee High School and from La Salle University in accounting. Louise’s marriage to Bisbee native William W. “Bill” Peters lasted 59 years until Bill’s death. The couple had no children.

Louise worked at the Phelps Dodge Mercantile and then 22 years in the Treasurer's office prior to her election in 1972. Sixteen years of her service to the county were as Chief Deputy. She served two four-year terms as Treasurer.

During her term, the office moved from the courthouse to the third floor of the Administration building, the remodeled Horace Mann school building at 4 Ledge Avenue near the courthouse.

Treasurer Peters died July 16, 2003, in Tucson and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee.

Photo courtesy Marie Pinto