Jacqueline Little
1930 - 2021
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Jacqueline Marie Little went home to be with the Lord early Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the age of 90. Jackie, as she was known to friends and family, was born in Washington, D.C. to Henry Lewis and Emily Miller Polk on September 14, 1930. Jackie was joined a few years later by her brother Henry Polk, Jr. (Little Henry) with whom she shared a happy childhood. She cherished her time at historic Dunbar High School making life long friendships. She went on to attend Minor Teacher's College (now the University of District of Columbia) becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Jackie graduated with a B.A. in Education. While on the campus of nearby Howard University she met the love of her life George W.W. Little III ("Doc"). They wed March 11, 1953. Their union yielded three children: George Michael, Iris Marie and James Edward. Jackie and George moved to Harrisburg in 1963 and set down roots. Though a devoted mother, Jackie worked to help support educational and cultural activities to Central Pennsylvania. She served as chair of the Black Cultural Alliance bringing Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Eckstine in for concerts along with other events. Jackie also served as Secretary of the Thomas & Birdie Smith Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C. When her husband was involved in a grave accident Jackie assumed the responsibility of caregiver and keystone in the Little family. She was a 'Rock of Gibraltar'. She balanced giving loving care to her family with going back into the classroom in the Harrisburg City Schools. During her career teaching reading, she touched many lives along the way. In 2003 she and Doc celebrated 50 years of marriage. Not long after that, her beloved succumbed to complications from his accident. Jackie continued teaching up until her retirement. Jackie loved family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, the arts, a lively game of Bridge, books and music from Bach to Bruno Mars. Jackie was an ardent animal lover. She was a devoted daughter of Christ and never hesitated to brighten the lives of others- no matter what. She is survived by her son George, daughter Iris, dear nephew Christopher Polk, sister-in-law Margo Polk, daughters-in-law Janea Hackett Little, Audrey Croley Little, grandchildren Joy and Leonard (Thomas), James, Gregory and William (Little) along with numerous cousins. Visitation will be held at Hooper Memorial Home, Inc. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. All Covid-19 restrictions will be in place. Burial held on Friday, April 8, 2021 at Round Hill Cemetery. For all other information please see www.hooperfuneral.com www.pennlive.com/obits


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Published in Patriot-News from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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April 8, 2021
To the Little Family:
May your beloved ,beautiful mother rest forever in peace and joy with the Lord in heaven. You are cherishing the memories of Mrs. Little's kindness and steadfast faith throughout her life; and will see her again in Glory!
Brunetta, Spelman Class of 1976
Brunetta Garrard
Friend
April 7, 2021
My deepest condolences to my Spelman Sister, Iris Little-Thomas and the entire family on the loss of your mother. Hold tight to your precious memories of your mother. What a awesome and wonderful life!!!!

Rhonda , Spelman College Class of 1979
Rhonda Benjamin-Bland
Classmate
April 7, 2021
Dear Iris, George and family extending prayers and Comfort of Holy Spirit to you. Loved Jackie and was so blessed to work with and learn from her while working at the YWCA (Black Cultural Committee and Black Heritage Talent Shows). She was an expert planner and organizer. A classy, thoughtful, intelligent woman with a great sense of humor. A very special lady. Her legacy lives on, she effected our city in a wonderful way. My husband and I were both blessed to know her. Blessi gs to you.
Penny Corbin-Hairston
Friend
April 7, 2021
Iris and family you have my sincere condolences for the home going of your precious mom, Jackie. What a beautiful and impactful life she lived! You are in my prayers as you celebrate her life and carry her amazing legacy
Cassie (Spelman Class of 1979)
Cassandra Aline Jones, PhD
Friend
April 7, 2021
To my Spelman sister Iris and the family, know that I send heartfelt condolences.
Novice Johnson
April 7, 2021
Dear Iris and family,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends, and Gods amazing Grace and Compassion. Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Love you,
Elizabeth Stewart Smith, Spelman C '79
Elizabeth Smith
Classmate
April 6, 2021
Dear Family,
My condolences to you on the loss of this special lady.
I had the privilege of teaching with Jackie in Adult Ed in Harrisburg. She was one of the colleagues who I always respected the most; it was a delight working with her.
May you be comforted by faith & good memories now & in the days to come.
Carmy Hess
Coworker
April 6, 2021
I met Jackie at Penn State in the reading specialist program. She was so kind and was a wonderful colleague. I am so sorry to read of her passing. She was a true woman of valor. May her memory be a blessing.
Fran Grafman
Friend
April 6, 2021
My condolences to Jackie’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Jackie in the Harrisburg School District and after retirement going to lunch with her. One word stands out when I think of Jackie and that word is elegant. She was an elegant lady, and she will be missed.
Carol O’Brine Schleig
Coworker
April 6, 2021
To the Little Family:
May the love of family and friends carry you through this time. On behalf of the Williams Family, we extend our heartfelt condolences, love and prayers to you all.
Tony and LaQuitha Williams
Family
April 6, 2021
I am so happy to have met Ms. Little. I will fondly remember conversations with her when I visited Audrey and George. She was a kind and caring person to me, one of her “Texas girls.” She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful legacy.
Brenda Lister
Friend
April 6, 2021
Dear George, Iris and family,
I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in this time of sorrow. I enjoyed having conversations with Jackie concerning Antiques collectables and Shows. I hope the kind wishes of everyone that knew Jackie will make your grief somewhat easier to bear.
Please accept my condolences.
Keith C. Harden
Keith C.Harden
Friend
April 6, 2021
Iris and Family you're in our thoughts and prayers. Your parents were very good neighbors on 16th St. years ago. God Bless and be with everyone.
Gwen Williams & Family
Neighbor
April 6, 2021
Iris & George: Praying God’s Blessings & Spirit support you during your hours of bereavement. Let not your heart be troubled.
Dec. Kermit & Rev. Ruby Thames - People’s Community Baptist
Rev. Ruby Thames - People’s Community Baptist
Friend
April 5, 2021
My condolences and blessings to the family.
Frances Waters
Acquaintance
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