• Mathis was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in the area attending local schools. She got her Bachelor's degree in Science Education from Tuskegee University in 1945 and in 1955, she graduated from Florida A & M University with a master's degree in secondary education. She worked for more than 25 years as a teacher in the Duval County School System, including at Stanton Junior High School. She was also the girl's dean at Matthew V. Gilbert Junior-Senior High School and served as a school counselor. Mathis retired after her husband died in 1962. After her retirement, she started to commit herself fully to community service and activist issues, where she became a member of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters. Mathis continued to serve on the Jacksonville City Council until her death in 1982. She was named after an elementary school in honor of her legacy.

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