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Turn-of-the-century quadruple threat

by The 100 Companies

Born in 1899, Mary Joyce lived more than a few lifetimes in her 77 years and she spent nearly five decades in Juneau as a pilot, hunting guide, radio operator and nurse. With her knowledge of remote territory, she taught survival skills to troops during World War II and transported radio equipment by dog team for the Navy.

Mary raised husky sled dogs and did a 1,000-mile dogsled trek in -60-degree temps on primitive trails without communication to the Fairbanks Winter Carnival (though she flew the last leg). “I just wanted to see if I could do it,” she said.

– Eve Lederman, The 100 Companies

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