OBITUARY

Erma Lee Little

12 January , 19285 October , 2019
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Erma Lee Little, 91, passed away October 5, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born to John Edward and Clemma Jane [Edgin] Elliott on January 12, 1928 in Benton, Arkansas. At a very young age, her family relocated to the Phoenix area where she graduated from Phoenix Union High School, which is where she met the love of her life, Wayne Little. Shortly after graduation, Erma and Wayne were married on September 12, 1946. Erma worked for Valley National Bank for several years until she and Wayne decided to start a family, raising three daughters; Sheila, Jan and Denise. Erma enjoyed cooking, was a baker, and was especially known for her cakes and pies. She was also a skilled seamstress. One of her many beautiful creations was a wedding dress for a granddaughter. Erma loved having family gatherings and made everyone feel welcome. She was a very caring person and a friend to everyone she met. She would introduce herself as Erma with an E! Erma was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the International Association of Firefighters, known as the Fire Belles. Both Erma and Wayne were long time members of Phoenix Baptist Church and then Bethel Baptist Church. Erma, Wayne and the girls enjoyed camping with other fire fighter families. There were many memorable trips to Hawley and Mormon Lake to fish and enjoyed stories around the campfire. As the girls grew up, Erma went to work for the City of Phoenix with the Annexation and Elections departments before retiring along with Wayne. They traveled throughout North America in the truck and camper visiting relatives and the many friends they made along the way. Erma had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved babysitting when she was younger and enjoyed their visits as she got older. Her good night songs are memorized by all. Erma left a life trail of wonderful memories for each of us. Erma is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, N. Wayne Little; her daughters, Sheila (Terry) Ringey and Denise (Steve) Eslick; grandchildren, Tammy, Jayme, Renay, Wayne, Amanda and Austin; great grandchildren, Hannah, Maddie, Riley, Rayna, Ren, Annabelle, John, Aiden, Brody, Braylee, Conrad and Cora. Erma is the final member of her immediate family to enter the gates of heaven and we’re sure her daughter, Jan Criswell was the first to greet her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home or to East Valley Hospice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 26 October , 2019

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Kari DeLaMater

22 October 2019

I only got to meet Erma once and always knew that I was missing something very special. The way that her husband Wayne spoke of her during our meetings reflected such a deep and enduring love. May God give all of you His peace and comfort in this time.

Jerry and Maureen Little

21 October 2019

Those we love don't go away. They will walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near.....Still loved, still missed. You will carry her in your heart where it is safe and full of love.
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the worlds and now its beauty
All the days of your life.
Rest in Peace dear Erma. Jerry and Maureen Little

Arlene and Art Sali

21 October 2019

We are so saddened to hear of Erma's passing. She was a very special and dear friend to us and our family. We will miss her cheerful smile and happy nature. We feel so fortunate to have had her in our lives for many wonderful years as neighbors in View Point. She was such a ray of sunshine!

With our sincere condolences,
Arlene and Art Sali (1816)

Paula Daley

15 October 2019

There never was a time that I can remember when I haven't known Erma Little. Her husband, Wayne, and my father Frank Daley, were on the Phoenix Fire Department together and were fast friends so our families hung out together. Many times when our families would have get togethers. I remember them as being joyous times and I have fond memories of how wonderful Erma was. She was kind and thoughtful and loving to all of us. As we became adults ourselves, she didn't change as she always made all around her feel welcomed and she was always so gracious ! My heartfelt condolences to Wayne and Sheila and Denise and their whole family.

Sue Henley

11 October 2019

I first met Erma when my husband, Paul and I purchased a park model at Viewpoint Golf & RV Resort in 1994. Through the 10 years we were there we shared many fun times. Then in 2004 we decided to move to Sun City West full time.
We received a call from Erma and Wayne to meet them the next day at 22nd and Camelback, which we did. We spent the day with Erma and Wayne as our guides pointing out the places they had lived, where they had gone to school and Wayne's Fire Station. We also had a tour of the Capitol building.
As they told us we were now "Zonies" we concluded our day with dinner at Durantes.
Paul died in 2007 but I continued to share times with Erma and Wayne in Payson and at Viewpoint. My last phone visit with Erma was shortly before she passed.
She truly was an awesome, beautiful lady and will be remembered with much affection.

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Biography

Erma Lee Little, 91, passed away October 5, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born to John Edward and Clemma Jane [Edgin] Elliott on January 12, 1928 in Benton, Arkansas. At a very young age, her family relocated to the Phoenix area where she graduated from Phoenix Union High School, which is where she met the love of her life, Wayne Little. Shortly after graduation, Erma and Wayne were married on September 12, 1946. Erma worked for Valley National Bank for several years until she and Wayne decided to start a family, raising three daughters; Sheila, Jan and Denise. Erma enjoyed cooking, was a baker, and was especially known for her cakes and pies. She was also a skilled seamstress. One of her many beautiful creations was a wedding dress for a granddaughter. Erma loved having family gatherings and made everyone feel welcome. She was a very caring person and a friend to everyone she met. She would introduce herself as Erma with an E! Erma was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the International Association of Firefighters, known as the Fire Belles. Both Erma and Wayne were long time members of Phoenix Baptist Church and then Bethel Baptist Church. Erma, Wayne and the girls enjoyed camping with other fire fighter families. There were many memorable trips to Hawley and Mormon Lake to fish and enjoyed stories around the campfire. As the girls grew up, Erma went to work for the City of Phoenix with the Annexation and Elections departments before retiring along with Wayne. They traveled throughout North America in the truck and camper visiting relatives and the many friends they made along the way. Erma had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved babysitting when she was younger and enjoyed their visits as she got older. Her good night songs are memorized by all. Erma left a life trail of wonderful memories for each of us. Erma is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, N. Wayne Little; her daughters, Sheila (Terry) Ringey and Denise (Steve) Eslick; grandchildren, Tammy, Jayme, Renay, Wayne, Amanda and Austin; great grandchildren, Hannah, Maddie, Riley, Rayna, Ren, Annabelle, John, Aiden, Brody, Braylee, Conrad and Cora. Erma is the final member of her immediate family to enter the gates of heaven and we’re sure her daughter, Jan Criswell was the first to greet her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home or to East Valley Hospice.