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Lynn Balmer
Lynn Balmer
Birth: 12 September 1907
Plumas County, California, USA
Death: 9 December 2017
Chico, California, USA
Age: 110 years, 88 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Lt. Beulah Evelyn "Lynn" Balmer (née Lemm; 12 September 1907 – 9 December 2017) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group. She was also one of the oldest living WWII veterans in the United States.


Balmer was the first of nine children born to Ernest and Jessie Lemm, in Plumas County, California, USA, on 12 September 1907. One sister, Lucille Hicks (1909–2014) lived to 105, and another sister, Clair Hill (born 1917) is 100. Clair's husband Bud Hill (1917–2019) lived to 101.

Balmer graduated from Chico High School in 1925. She began teaching mathematics in Susanville, California, in 1927, before later becoming head of the maths department in Albany. She finished her teaching career in Seattle, Washington. In 1932, she earned a degree in mathematics at UC Berkeley.

While teaching in Susanville, Balmer learned to ice skate. She qualified for the Olympics but did not participate.

In 1943, Balmer enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant. She secured a top-secret clearance and worked in Military Intelligence. Using her mathematical skills, she read and interpreted weather maps and charts and used morse code to help ships navigate through dangerous waters and adverse weather conditions between the USA and the UK.

After leaving the military, she married Charles Balmer in 1945. They moved to Seattle where they lived until 1999, before moving to Chico, California. Charles died in 2001. The couple had no children.

Balmer lived her final years in an assisted living facility in Chico, California, USA. She died on 9 December 2017 at the age of 110 years, 88 days.