After 84 years McCook woman is finally turning 21

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Phyllis Ogg takes a short break in her McCook home.
Anna LaBay/McCook Gazette

McCOOK, Neb. ó It's not every day that a senior citizen turns 21. A Leap Year baby, Phyllis Ogg only celebrates her actual birth date once every four years on Feb. 29.

When asked about her unique birthday, Ogg humorously remarked, "I tell everybody I just get to choose the day," on years when her "actual" birthday doesn't occur. Remarkably, Phylis recalls having a classmate who shared this elusive leap-year birthday with her during childhood.

Born in Curtis, Ogg moved to McCook when she was two, a fact she playfully acknowledges by saying, "That's what they told me, I donít remember," with a mischievous grin.

Phyllis Ogg when she was a young wife and mother.
Courtesy photo

Ogg has embraced various hobbies and community activities, participating in a weekly gathering with friends for a fun-filled "Hen Party." where they play games, talk, and laugh. She also remains active in her local community as a substitute pitch player, an enthusiastic member of the Eagleís auxiliary, and continues to work as a data entry specialist. Her dedication to helping others is apparent, having volunteered for over 50 years during tax season to assist individuals with their taxes.

Proudly reflecting on her family, Ogg expressed her pride in her three children, all of whom have achieved college degrees and successful careers. Known for her talent as a seamstress, Phylis fondly recalls creating the bridesmaids' dresses and flower girl attire for her daughter's wedding. She has worn out two sewing machines.

Embracing her cozy home adorned with family photos and cherished knick-knacks, Ogg exudes warmth and nostalgia as she shares stories of her past and loved ones. A dedicated Husker fan, she proudly displays memorabilia and collects Boyd bears and music boxes, treasured gifts from her family and friends.

As she looks forward to celebrating her 21st "actual" birthday, Phyllis may indulge in a margarita, reflecting on a life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Expressing her birthday wish, Ogg humbly stated, "I just wish for good health and for God to bless this nation."

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