1931 - May 3, 2012
May Emma Phillips Ogg died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs.
May Emma came into the world on the heels of the Great Depression, on Jan. 16, 1931.
She was delivered in her Grandma Blair’s home between Dixon and Baggs, Wyo., where her mother and grandmother before her had also been born.
Her parents were Lester and Mary (Blair) Phillips.
Her family was one of the first pioneer families in the Little Snake River Valley. Her great-grandmother, Emma Wilhelmina Hansen Jensen Blair, had emigrated from Denmark at the age of 6.
Her family lived in the Little Snake River Valley.
When May Emma was 7, they lived in Slater Park, where she met Donald Ogg, who was then 10.
She told her mother she intended to marry Don.
After Don returned from military service in Korea, they were married Aug. 23, 1948, in Craig.
In April 1952, Don and May Emma began decades-long work on the Ladder
Ranch, east of Savery, Wyo. May Emma had a special gift with animals.
She raised scores of lambs, calves and even an orphan colt. She always had a menagerie of cats and dogs. Her favorite cats were manx. She could befriend even the most suspicious animals.
Don and May Emma had three children.
May Emma is survived by her daughter, Diane (Jerry) Bartholome; son Gary: grandchildren Sabrina (Marion) Gardner Brown, J.D. Gardner, Courtney (Julie) Lee Ogg, Chad (Ceji) Ogg, and Amanda Ogg; and great-grandchildren Tadasie Brown, and Michael, Jaden and Haley Ogg.
She is survived by her brother, Wilber (Linda) Phillips; cousins George (Susie) Robidoux, Lee (Irva) Robidoux, Tony Robidoux and their families; and several nieces.
She is also survived by many dear friends, including Neil and Jill McCandless, Lynn Thurber, and brother-in-law Mike Kawcak.
Her Ladder Ranch family includes Patrick and Sharon O’Toole, Meghan Lally, Bridget O’Toole and Eamon O’Toole.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; son Donald; parents Lester Phillips and Mary Blair Phillips Hopf; stepfather Bob Hopf; and brother Victor Phillips.
Memorial donations can be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., Craig, Co., 81625, or to the Carbon County Senior Center, 340 Whippoorwill Dr., Baggs, Wyo., 82321.
Services will take place on the Ladder Ranch in the summer.