December 22, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Here is proof that 60 years old is the new 40, and 80 is the new 60.

In this edition of 60PLUS, you will see the portraits of 15 stylish and beautiful individuals. Some of their personal fashion sensibilities could be described as flamboyant. Other styles are more classic. But none of the looks featured here could be characterized as “old.”

All of these models are older than age 60. All of the pictured individuals live active lifestyles. Each makes a significant contribution to our local society.

Along with their portraits, each has shared a bit about their lives: who they are, what they enjoy, what makes them happy, and any advice they might have. Their personal anecdotes are interesting, and the advice can be quite humorous at times.

It has been so much fun working with these vibrant people, renewing friendships, and getting acquainted with new friends. Keeping with the spirit of this special edition of 60PLUS, I want to share a bit about myself, too.

I married young. My husband, Raymond, and I raised four wonderful sons, whom I’m very proud of. We have nine grandchildren that I enjoy as young adults.

I owned a real estate company for 30 years and was active in the real estate community. I am a past president of the Omaha Area Board of Realtors. I’m proud to have been the first woman broker member of the Nebraska Real Estate Commission.

After a very brief retirement, I started working for Omaha Magazine. I thoroughly enjoy it, and I still work full time, five days a week.

I love to entertain and have had a lot of themed parties, such as a Shakespeare party; Japanese party with members of the Japanese American Club entertaining us; German party with zither and accordion players; and a ’50s party with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Guests always dressed for the occasion. One of my holiday parties featured fortunetellers.

I have known many of my friends for years, and I have enjoyed sharing wine with them. I have also been fortunate to travel the world (I’ve been to more than 30 countries).

My family and friends bring me happiness. Conversation, humor, and music bring me pleasure. I love music—it brings memories of the past and, yes, dreams for the future.

My style of dress might be considered classic and sometimes a little dramatic. I enjoy dressing up. It is a compliment to the people you are with and conveys respect for those around you.

I hope you enjoy the following style portraits and words of wisdom from good-looking Omaha society influencers who are thriving in their “prime time.”

Influencers included here:

This article was printed in the January/February 2018 issue of Omaha Magazine.