Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Mata was born August 16, 1872, in New Albrion, New York. She attended Edinboro State College in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and taught there as well as in Kentucky.

Mata came to Arizona in 1905 to accept a teaching position that paid a salary of $800 for a ten-month period. Mata was Principal of Washington and Lincoln schools. "Miss Dexter was a small, gracious woman," remembered Merrill Windsor, editor of Arizona Highways in the August 1985 issue. Dexter School in Prescott is named for her.

She belonged to the Arizona State Teachers Association and the Business and Professional Women's Club, and was a member of the Monday Club and Yavapai Republicans. She belonged to Eta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma. Mata died on June 28, 1962.

Donor: Eta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, on occasion of their Golden Anniversary

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