OBITUARY

Erma Lee LITTLE

January 12, 1928October 5, 2019

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

26 October

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel

6747 East Broadway Road
Mesa, Arizona 85206

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Sue Henley

October 11, 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.