Norma Jean Little


Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

Kenai resident Norma Jean Little died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at her home in Kenai. She was 76.

Visitation will be at the Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai today from 7 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by burial at the Kenai Cemetery and a brief reception back at the church.

Mrs. Little was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Kansas City, Kan., to Lester and Catherine Gadberry. She grew up in Kansas City, where she graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1944. At 21, she married Gerard Little, and they raised their family while living in numerous places around the world including Puerto Rico, Turkey, Germany, Jamaica and many parts of the U.S. and Canada. She spent her first year in Alaska in 1968, then came back to the Kenai area in 1975, where she lived ever since.

An avid antique collector, Mrs. Little was the proprietor of the Little Oak Cabin Antique store in Kenai for many years. She and her husband drove the Alaska Highway to Kansas in their motor home many times to find and bring back interesting and unusual items for her shop. She enjoyed reading and gardening and was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai, volunteering at the Clothes Quarters on a regular basis.

Mrs. Little is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gerard Little of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Little of Lawrence, Kan., and Chris and Debbie Little of Nikiski; sons, Kevin Little of Lee's Summit, Mo., and William Little of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Keith Laurie of Kasilof; grandchildren, Patrick, Wade, Duncan, Erin, Shaun, Michael, Jesse, Elizabeth, Travis, Megan, Wesley, Melissa, Crystal, Caylee and David; one great-grandchild, Anika; sister, Vernice Ozman of Kansas City, Kan.; cousin, Maureen Lee of Gulf Shores, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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