Mary Little, age 74 died March 18, 2021 surrounded by her family and friends at the Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospice House in Richmond, Va. She endured a prolonged illness after breaking her hip 6 months earlier. She was deeply loved, and her life affected everyone she met.
A celebration of Mary”s life will be held on August 4th, 2021 which would have been her 75th birthday.
Mary was a remarkable person. Life threw her several serious and heart shattering challenges that would have seemed impossible to most people. Yet, Mary persisted with grace and independence throughout her life. Determination was Mary”s life theme until the very end. She was funny, loyal, generous, and dependable.
Mary deeply loved her family and friends, and cats. She would frequently say wise and profound things with her dry wit, which kept friends and family all laughing together. She regularly enjoyed afternoons with her sister Lesa, getting manicures, pedicures, and haircuts. Mary loved music and going to the movies It was fun to go with her because her laugh was contagious! An enjoyable afternoon for Mary was watching classic movies and shows like the Golden Girls on TV – especially with snacks!
In her late 30″s she attended Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and graduated with a certificate in food service, working until she was 71. Into her late 50″s she rode her bike to work and back every day. She was punctual, and never missed a day. Work brought Mary joy and purpose, which is how she approached most things. She spent 14 years at Shoney”s, 5 years at Wendy”s, and then 12 years working at Goodwill, reluctantly retiring just 3 years ago.
Mary was an artist and loved to scrapbook, even before it was a big thing. Trendsetter? She had gorgeous handwriting and would spend hours upon hours writing the bible, the whole bible, three times.
Mary lived with her sister Lesa in Chesterfield Va. for 26 years, and then joined the Chesterfield County Mental Health Community. For the last seven years, Mary lived in Newby”s Bridge Group Home and developed loving relationships with her roommates and caregivers. It was her adopted family, and she was very happy and content there.
Mary was proceeded in death by her parents in 1973. Mary leaves behind sister’s: Lesa A. Little Sarah Little Wilson, Rubi Gemmell Niece: Amanda Diane Volk Nephew: John Christopher Lambert Great nieces: Genna Crites, Cheyenne Christian, Ivy Lambert, Christina Heinz Lambert Great, Great nieces: Ember Frost Falgiani Katalyina Lin Lambert 1st cousins: Marie L. Graham, Brenda Sue Little Corriher, Robert (Bobby) L. Little, Judith Coppley Miller, Nancy Coppley
Drye Newbys Bridge Group Home: Caregivers: Audrey Wood, Annie Conner, Marilyn West Housemates: Beth Edward, Maria Kalanges, Michael Warren.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of St. Mary”s ICU for their loving care!
She will always be cherished and missed by those who were lucky enough to know her!