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Bea Lingle was born in 1927 in Skagway, Alaska. Her grandfather came to Skagway as a gambler during the 1898 Gold Rush, and after a year brought up his wife and young daughter. This daughter was Bea's mother, who received training as a nurse's aide and English teacher at school in the Lower 48, and returned to Skagway where she met and married Albert Roy Hillery, who was working on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. They eventually divorced and she moved to Seattle where she raised her four daughters with regular summer visits back to Skagway. Bea was married for 13 years to her first husband and had four children, before moving back to Skagway in 1945 as a single mother herself. About a year later, she married Ben Lingle, who eventually purchased and ran the hardware store and lumberyard in downtown Skagway. Bea helped with the business and raised her children, while remaining active in the full social life that Skagway had to offer. They also had a cabin in Carcross in the Yukon Territory of Canada, where they spent a lot of time each summer. Ben passed away in 2009. In 2018, at age 91, Bea was the oldest resident of Skagway and continued to meet friends for daily "coffee klatches." To learn more about Bea Lingle, see "Women of Skagway: Seizing Opportunity" by Tobey Schmidt in the August 25, 2017 edition of the Skagway News.