Panhandle resident turns 105 years old

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. For one lady in the Panhandle, she is celebrating her 105th birthday.

On January 11th, 1914, Margaret Masek was born. To celebrate her birthday, she received flowers from the Residency, an email from her son living in Hong Kong and cards from her family members living in Fiji, London, Paris, Costa Rica and South Korea.

As Masek received the gifts, she says was overjoyed.

“I am grateful,” said Margaret Masek, Just Turned 105 Years Old. “I’m blessed to have so many birthdays. I just can’t believe it myself.”

Masek lived in a two bedroom house in Mitchell Valley. Masek went to high school in Gering and studied grad school in the state of Wyoming.

Masek has seven children, 21 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. Masek was a stay at home mother.

Her husband passed away 19 years ago but she said every minute with him was a blessing.

“Today is the only day you got,” said Masek. “There aren’t any guarantees. You go to bed at night, head to sleep and then begin to rest. If you wake up in the morning, it’s another day to enjoy.”

In the year Masek was born, World War 1 had just begun.

A gallon of gas in 1914 was only 12 cents per gallon and there was over 99 million people living in the United States.

Throughout the Great Depression in 1929, Masek was only 15 years old.
With the Dust Bowl in 1930, she was 16 years old.

Labor Laws began in year 1938 and Masek was 24 years old.

During the year of 1939 when World War 2 began, she was 25 years old.

The terms for the United States presidents didn’t began until 1951 and during that time, Masek was 37 years old.

Masek says she has lived through many events in her lifetime but you learn to thank God for each day you are alive.

“As I wake up in the morning, I thank God for another day that he has given me,” said Masek. “I hope I can do what he expects me to do for each day.”

Masek has lived at the Residency for 25 years. She says she cherishes the friendships that she has made and is happy to see her son frequently.

Masek says her greatest accomplishment is helping her children receive a proper education and live their lives to the fullest.