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Sandra ‘Sandy’ Ogg obituary

Posted: Monday, Feb 11th, 2013

ATASCADERO — Sandra “Sandy” Ogg, 69, of Atascadero died on Sept. 20, 2012, at her home with her family at her side

She was a five-year survivor of cancer enduring multiple major surgeries, chemotherapies, and radiation.

Sandy is survived by sister, Cheryl; brother, Dave, her husband and all four of her children.

Sandy was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 1942, to Jeanne and Ed and grew up in South Gate. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UCLA and became a lifelong Bruin fan. After she and Jim Ogg met and graduated from UCLA, they married on Feb. 26, 1966.

Daughter Deborah was the first born. First-born son, James, was delivered on Lincoln’s birthday. Twins Cindy and Robert (Scott) were 15 pounds of baby. All four of her children earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from various University of California schools. In one weekend in June, Scott graduated from UCLA, Cindy graduated from UCI and Deborah married Gregory.

Sandy started her career at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood in Labor and Delivery while in college. She also worked at St. Johns and Maxicare Hospitals and specialized in neonatal intensive care. At Cedars-Sinai Hospital, she was an NICU nurse to the “stars.” At Sierra Vista Regional Medical Central, she was an NICU nurse to the Central Coast for 15 years.

Sandy was active in dog sports all of her life. She put an advanced obedience title (Utility Dog) on a Norwegian Elkhound. A rare accomplishment for an Arctic Breed! She trained and ran her Australian Shepherd dogs to four ASCA Agility Championships. Most of her Aussies were competitive at the National level in Obedience and/or Agility, once winning first place in Agility. Her dog, Pounce, is nationally ranked and was invited to compete at the Nationals this fall in Bakersfield. Her other dogs, Jaguar and Indy, have great potential.

Sandy shared her 2 1/2-half acre “Dog Sports Facility” for agility, obedience, and herding with the local dog community. And Sandy hosted a half dozen Sanctioned Dog Agility Trials including the first in the San Luis Obispo area.

She shared, with her husband, a cabin in Mammoth Lakes and a love of the Eastern Sierra. Long walks with the kids and dogs, trail snacks and dog biscuits along streams, waterfalls, alpine lakes, wildflowers, natural gardens, fireworks in town, fall color, thunderstorms, and snow storms are shared memories that will last forever.

The day before she died, she got to visit with many of her friends at her dog sports open house. And she heard many of the puppies playing loudly on the Agility field and dogs splashing while diving into the pool.

Her memorial is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Roses, 3450 El Camino Real, Atascadero. The memorial service will be followed about an hour later by a potluck at her house with dogs playing in the fields and, if warm enough, the pool.

Sandy was never much into flowers. The family requests that donations in her name be made to the American Cancer Society for Research in Colorectal Cancer, or the Stanford Cancer Center, or the Hospice Partners of the Central Coast or Rescue Services for your favorite breed of animal.

Sandy will be remembered forever in the hearts of her husband, her children, her family, her coworkers, families of her little NICU patients, her dogs and the local dog community.

For the complete article see the 10-03-2012 issue.

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