Stella Jeanette Little (nee Hanna) February 19, 1929-September 3, 2021
It is with great joy & sorrow we say goodbye to our dear Mom, Grandma and GG who passed away on September 3, 2021.
Born in Edmonton in 1929, Stella & her sister Norma were lovingly raised by their mother, Esme and their Norbury Grandparents who had emigrated from England in 1921. She had many fond memories of growing up in the Oliver neighborhood atop the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Moving to the southside, she met Jack Little in high school and went on to obtain her University of Alberta degree in Nursing and marry in 1951.
Raising their five children above Whitemud Creek, they provided a peaceful childhood of exploring, nature and freedom. Instilling a strong work ethic, she expected her children to be well-behaved and polite at all times. There were always flowers, music, wonderful food, and celebrations in her home. She loved a party and hosted generously. She was kind and gracious, often inviting quite different people to share at our dinner table. Stella was an extremely charismatic woman and people loved her.
She came to know Christ in 1972. She was a faithful prayer warrior throughout her life covering her five children & spouses, 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren and many friends & strangers in prayer daily. How blessed we are! Even into her 90’s she continued to volunteer and help out where she was needed.
Predeceased by her beloveds, husband Jack, son Craig, daughter-in-law Bonnie and grandson, Daniel, she was ready to go home to her heavenly Father. Her last year of life was not easy having experienced a stroke that limited her speech and mobility, yet she remained bright. Stella’s passing was peaceful at home surrounded by loving family, friends, and kind caregivers throughout the last weeks of her life.
We who are left behind appreciate all she did for us and will remember her with great love, as she is now experiencing life as never before. Joshua (Erin) Little & children, Noelle (Ryan) Little & children, Shaun & Cain Little, Michele (Mike) Bull, John (Renata) Bull & children, Eric Bull, Meredith Chase & children, Carolyn (Ryan) Eideck, Karen (Bruce) Reith, Scott Reith, Stephen (Danielle) Reith, Andrew Reith, Cameron Little, Emma Little, Josephine Little, Henry Little, Andrea (Troy) Ciochetti, Jenny (Chris) Korol & children, Brendan (Jane) Ciochetti, and Aaron (Ashley) Ciochetti.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, September 9, at 11 am at Terwillegar Community Church, 1751 Towne Centre Blvd. Edmonton. Memorial donations can be made to Hope Mission or a charity of one’s choice.
Serenity Funeral Service – South