Evelyn Elizabeth Little was a remarkable woman in a variety of ways. She died peacefully on April 29, 2017 at age 100– that alone is amazing. This obituary is to memorialize her life—a life that was astounding by anyone’s standards.
Evelyn Little was born in Carpenter in 1917 and lived for over a century. Her parents, Roy and Indiana Elizabeth Sweeney Little imparted a strong work ethic to their children: Evelyn Elizabeth, Marguerite Little James, William Leroy, and Thomas Radell.
At 16, Evelyn married Douglas Ray Little and the newlyweds began farming and raising livestock. She became the quintessential homemaker and a fantastic cook. Her canned fruits and vegetables were awarded blue ribbons year after year at many Mississippi State Fairs. The couple had 3 children: Shirley Jean Little, Douglas Ray Little, Jr. and Harvey Roy Little. While rearing her children and tending her household, Mrs. Little opened and ran a country store serving the Carpenter community for 15 years. She was a dedicated, lifelong member of the Church of Christ and attended Midway Church of Christ in Utica in her later years.
Mrs. Little’s incredible accomplishments were many: a talented quilter with national and international customers; a charter member of the Craftsman’s Guild; an author of the book, “A Patchwork of Memories – Life in the 1900’s in Rural Mississippi;” a recipient of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield “Ageless Hero” award, and a recipient of the “Baptist for Women – Strong Women Award.”
Her surviving son, Harvey R. Little (Sandy) of Jackson and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren will always miss “Mawie.” Her sweet and humble spirit will be remembered and treasured by those who knew and loved her. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Manhattan Nursing Home for the outstanding care given to Mrs. Little over the past eight years and to the Baptist Hospital staff for the excellent care provided during her recent stay.
Visitation will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, Saturday morning, May 6th from 9:00 until 11:00 with services immediately following at 11:00 o’clock with Rev.Calvin Cosnahan officiating. Graveside services will begin at 2:00 o’clock that afternoon at White Oak Cemetery on Highway 18 near Carpenter. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunnybrook Children’s Home in Ridgeland or Midway Church of Christ, 3534 Buck Williams Road, Utica, MS 39175.