Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Maria was born in 1852. She married Ephilet B. Gage, a mining speculator and the president of the Phoenix National Bank. She was active in the Monday Club and worked to raise money for the free library building.

In 1895, her husband built a mansion at 105 S. Alarcon, on the corner of Alarcon and East Gurley. It was an elegant setting for any social event from afternoon teas to formal dinners. Mr. Gage sold the house to Frank Murphy.

According to her obituary, Maria was a "bright, energetic woman who devoted all the talents with which she was endowed for the advancement and happiness of those around her."

She was active in securing the public library for Prescott. The stained glass window in the Carnegie Library building, at the corner of Gurley and Marina, was given by her husband in her memory. She died on January 6, 1902, in San Francisco.

Donor: Mrs. John Dinnett

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.