Mamie Maloney was born in Nome, Alaska in 1923. Her father, Charlie Dahlquist, came to Alaska from Sweden in 1901 for the Gold Rush, finally settling in the Nome area in 1910. He operated the roadhouse at Port Safety, Alaska and the ferry across Safety Lagoon, and drove the mail from Council to Nome by horse team. Mamie's Inupiaq mother died when Mamie was three months old, so she was raised by her father. She helped run the roadhouse and operate the ferry. There was no school in Safety. Mamie moved to Nome in1947 when she got married to George Tucker. He died a few years later and then she married Eddie Maloney. Mamie has remained a resident of Nome ever since.