Linda Kay Fickus
American modelDied when: 43 years 46 days (517 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Linda Kay Manns (formerly Snyder; née Fickus;July 4, 1965 – August 19, 2008), was the first Miss Alaska Teen USA in 1983, the year the Miss Teen USA pageant debuted.
She appeared in the 1983 Miss Teen USA Pageant telecast from Lakeland, Florida and was a press favorite.Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States, to William and Lillian Fickus, she was crowned at age 17.
She spent much of her childhood growing up on a ranch in the southern foothills of the Brooks Range in the Alaskan "bush".
She was the third child of four, and the second daughter in the family to win a state pageant title.
Her older sister, Mrs.Deborah Luper was Miss Alaska USA in 1980.Following her year as Miss Alaska Teen USA, she began a career in business & government that ultimately led to political appointments by Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski, who she served as Deputy Director of Boards & Commissions, and as Special Assistant.
She also served in Governor Sarah Palin's Fairbanks office, was president of a local Republican Women's Club, and was a member of the Rotary Club.
Prior to her death, she appeared as a special guest at the 2007 Miss Alaska Teen USA pageant.