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OBITUARY

Gail Loraine (Davis) Little

December 29, 1947December 25, 2019

Gail Loraine Davis Little, 71, of Harrisonburg passed away on December 25, 2019 at her home. She had been in declining health since 1986.

She was born on December 29, 1947, in Pittsburgh, PA, and was the daughter of Coralie Boag Davis of Clarence Center, NY, and the late Roy Davis.

Gail graduated from high school in Clarence, NY, in 1965 and attended SUNY College in Fredonia. In addition, she had many years of private violin study. Gail was employed at Eastern Mennonite University, where she conducted orchestra and taught violin. She was also a founding member of the Madison String Quartet. She enjoyed fashion and design and had a true passion for Christmas.

On July 29, 1967, she married John A. Little, who survives. Also surviving, in addition to her mother, Coralie Davis, of Clarence Center, NY, are her children, Deanna Carter of Harrisonburg, Brian Little and wife, Sarah, of Raleigh, NC, and Jimmy Little and wife, Chrissy, of Gaithersburg, MD. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Brendan Carter, Mason, Wade, Madison and Jake Little; sisters, Betsy Pritchard and Judy Baumer; brothers, Richard and Gregg Davis; a close cousin, William Boag; and her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Georgie-Porgie.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Monday, December 30, 2019, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the JMU Foundation, Little-McIntyre Endowed Vocal Scholarship online at www.jmu.edu/give .

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, December 30, 2019

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Candace Kluesner

December 30, 2019

Dear John and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. Our hearts go out to you!
I have many fond memories of performing with her in orchestras and chamber music. We played for many years together with the Shenandoah Symphony. A group of musician friends would get together socially quite often and Gail was usually the ring-leader!

Regards,
Candy and Jim Kluesner

Curtis Nolley

December 28, 2019

My heart goes out to you, John, and your family on the passing of Gail. know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Gail was so important to me as I worked at reestablishing a positive relationship with the local string musicians early in my term as director of the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society. Her generosity, patience, musical knowledge, humor and wonderful connections to local string players was the foundation of the core of players that support the SVCS in the many concerts that require an orchestra. I so much appreciated her welcoming me in your home to collaborate on many projects until she was unable to take care of contracting the strings. Her kind assistance has left a lasting legacy in the musical life of the SVCS, my professional development, and that of the community at large. I am so thankful that our paths connected. Blessings for peace and comfort in your loss.

Emily (Boag) Bongiovanni

December 28, 2019

Hello, dear family. I have so many great memories of Gail, from the fantastic four years I was in college in Harrisonburg in particular. I’ll just share some snapshots. She always made a big deal of my birthday, since I was away from home for it most of the time. And made sure I got my hair cut at the right place. And I remember the Christmas tin full of M&M’s by her bed, that Pepper apparently got into several times, surprisingly without any issues afterwards. And laughing about her wheat or seed shells pillow and the noise it made- she said it sounded like a shamans rain stick, which might do a double purpose with helping her neck. We hung out a lot in her bedroom watching the home shopping network when she wasn’t up for going out. I still have the genuine mitre coin cross she bought me- also from the home shopping network. She had a million African violets, and no matter how many I brought back to my apartment, not one managed to make it. She had a talent with living things. She was always full of humor, never let things drag her down, and made light of every difficulty. I will miss her smile, laugh, and unexpected (sometimes inappropriate, but still funny) comments. Love to you all! -Emily

Jeff Bush

December 28, 2019

Although my interactions with Gail were few, I had hundreds of conversations with John where his love for Gail featured prominently. At least she is at peace after so many years of suffering. My heartfelt condolences and best wishes to John and the entire family.

Justin Garrison

December 28, 2019

This is a less-than-flattering story for me, but I wanted to share an example of Mrs. Little's caring soul.
One of the greatest blessings in my life is to have Mrs. Little's son, Jimmy, as my best friend. One night, Jimmy and I went to the old Main Street Bar and Grill. And I had a few drinks. Of alcohol. More like mass quantities. OK, a borderline lethal amount. Anyway, that night I stayed at Jimmy's parents house, and around 3am, in my stupor, I... well... I confused Dr. and Mrs. Little's BEDroom for the BATHroom. Aaaaand that's probably enough detail right there.
So, the next morning, after she realized happened wasn't a bad dream, Mrs. Little's reaction was:
"Oh poor Justin, he must be mortified!"
After what I did, THAT was her first thought. Not anger, or disgust, but concern for MY emotional well being.
And although she knew there was a fair-to-good chance of history repeating itself, she--and Dr. Little, of course--always welcomed me back to stay at her house.
I'm certainly grateful for her sense of humor, and I will always remember Mrs. Little's (apparently unconditional) kindness towards me.

Kristen (Hawley) Stapp

December 28, 2019

Dr. Little,

I'm so sorry you've lost your other half. I wish I could hug you in person. I'm praying God comforts you. My deepest condolences.

Phyllis Coulter

December 28, 2019

Dear John,
Jerry and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your beautiful wife, Gail.
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Gail’s life.
We have enjoyed getting to know your daughter , Diana, and her son, Brendan. We wish them , along with you and the rest of your family, peace and comfort in knowing that Gail loved you all unconditionally.
Blessings , Phyllis and Jerry Coulter

Roger Hall

December 28, 2019

Dear John,
I'm sorry to hear about Gail's passing. I remember getting together with you and Gail and the Lyndrups when Lynn and I first moved to Harrisonburg in 1975. It may have been one of our first social outings! I have memories, too, of our children overlapping in school and, of course, you performing in The Dinner Theatre. I hope you are doing well.
Brenda and I are traveling to California to visit with my oldest daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren in Fresno, so we'll miss the service, but my thoughts will b e with you.
Roger

Chuck Dotas

December 28, 2019

With deepest sympathy.

Chuck Dotas and Annette Federico

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

December 28, 2019

Dear John, and all the Little Family,

On behalf of the JMU Voice Area, our most sincere condolences in this time of transition and release. Please know that we are holding you all in our hearts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your beloved Gail.

From all of us in the Voice Area,
Jo-Anne

FROM THE FAMILY