PALMA JEANETTE LITTLE
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Our dear Mom and Grandma, Palma Jeanette Little (Gullickson) passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Saskatoon at age 92. She was an amazing woman. Palma was born August 19, 1920 in Bulyea, Saskatchewan to Mathias and Alpha Gullickson. She married Gerald Little and spent most of her very busy life on the farm she treasured near Spalding. Palma attended Teachers College in Saskatoon as a mature student and spent her teaching career in Naicam and as a consultant for the Tiger Lily School District in Melfort. While teaching full time she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan- A major accomplishment and source of much pride to her. Palma is survived by her daughter Gereen (Ron- deceased) Schumacher of Humboldt - Brad and Angela- Saskatoon, Brian and Leanne- Regina (Justin, Kashtin, Lauren), Blair and Meagan- Victoria, BC; son Murray (Rita) of Saskatoon- Shawni and Duncan MacPherson - (Jackson,Carter) Kelowna, BC, Derek - Saskatoon, Jarrett and Denene - (Mary, Anna, Noah, John) Saskatoon; daughter JoAnn (Glen) Jestin of Tisdale- Randi and Marlon (Wiley)- Rosthern, Riley and Anjali - Saskatoon; son Bob (Geri) of Lloydminster AB- Michelle and Olivier Renault (Bastien) Montreal, Quebec, Melissa and Ian Paterson- London, England. Also surviving are her siblings, sister Alice (Clarence -deceased) Siekawitch, and brothers Gary (Audrey), Ivan (Charlene), sister in law Wendy and many nieces and nephews as well as the countless people she influenced as she dedicated her life to helping others. She was predeceased by her parents Mathias and Alpha , husband Gerald, brothers and sisters in law Andrew (Dorothy), George (Lorna), Melvin and brother in law Clarence Siekawitch. Palma was a very loving and caring Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Her life-long passions were her family, little children, teaching, farming, politics, cooking and just plain working hard. Palma was genuinely interested in everyone and everything. Because of her interest and knowledge her recall of people, places and events was exceptional. She was an inspiration to all. Wonderful summers were spent at the family cabin at Kipabiskau,4 winters in Arizona and family reunions at the farm Norwegian style where a table of 40 was the norm. The family would also like to thank the staff at Luther Tower and Saskatoon Homecare for the great care mom received these past few years.
We love you Grandma and we will miss you in our hearts.
A celebration of Palma's life will be held on April 6th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Saskatoon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences and special memories can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Jan. 30, 2013