Leatrice "Lea" Little, age 90, and longtime resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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Leatrice Holley was born on December 1, 1922 in Waverly, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Gail F. Holley and Mary May (Bohmont) Holley. She attended the Waverly community schools, graduating from Waverly High School with the Senior Class of 1940. She attended the University of Nebraska for 1-1/2 years. She studied the field of nursing (Registered Nurse) at N.E.O. in Miami, Oklahoma and Tulsa University in 1976, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology at the age of 70.
On March 1, 1942, Lea and Donald M. Little were united in marriage at Waverly and they made their first home in Borger, Texas. In 1946, they were transferred by Phillips Petroleum Company to Bartlesville.
Lea was employed at Jane Phillips Episcopal Memorial Medical Center (now Jane Phillips Medical Center) for approximately two years; and St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma for one year. After retirement, she was a homemaker.
She was a former member of East Cross United Methodist Church and later in life, became a member of First Wesleyan Church, Bartlesville; Daughters of the American Revolution; first president of the Music and Literature Club of Dewey; and also was president of the United Methodist Women's ECUMC.
Lea is survived by her son, Terry H. Little and his wife, Cheryl, of Seminole, Oklahoma; daughters, Kathleen A. "Kathy" Towery , of Bartlesville, and Christine N. "Christy" Whisman and her husband, Marvin, of Newberry Park, California; grandchildren, Zach Whisman of California and Terrye Dawn Little of Tulsa; and three great-grandchildren, Maegen, Elise, Evan. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; son, D. Mark Little; sister, Virginia (Ginny) Schaad; and son-in-law, Thomas A. Towery.
Memorials may be made to the Donald M. Little College Scholarship Fund, c/o East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 S.E. Madison Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 4, at 10:00 AM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home chapel, 710 S. Dewey Ave, Bartlesville. Interment will precede the service in Memorial Park Cemetery. Pastor Joe Colaw, minister of First Wesleyan Church, Bartlesville, will be the officiant.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home
710 Southeast Dewey
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 2013