Mrs. Ruby Bower Little of Jefferson died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Margate Health & Rehab Center. She was 99.
Mrs. Little was born May 10, 1913, in Jefferson to George and Hattie Bare Bower.
Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mont Little; sister, Ann Smith; and brothers, Paul and Pell Bower.
Mrs. Little graduated from West Jefferson High School and Appalachian State University. She taught school in Ashe County for 37 years. After her retirement in 1977 she became very active in the community. She was a volunteer and auxiliary member at Ashe Memorial Hospital for 24 years, chairman of the Heart Fund Mother’s March for 18 years, and served two terms as president of the Ashe County chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
Mrs. Little was a member of the Ashe County Women’s Club, the Adult Literacy League, and the Ashe County Teacher’s Association. She was the Ashe County Volunteer of the Year in 1995.
Mrs. Little is survived by two sons, Ned Little and wife Ann of Austin, Texas and Steve Little and wife Dianne of Harrisonburg, Va.; two daughters, Monte DeBoard of Jefferson and Linda McQueen of Cornelia, Ga.; brother, Kenneth Bower of West Jefferson; three sisters, Audrey Hurley of Jefferson, Madge McNeil of West Jefferson and Wanda Waldenberger of Arizona; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Friendship Baptist Church by Rev. Stephen Little and Rev. Russell Hart. Burial followed in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Badger Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to: Friendship Baptist Church, 891 Friendship Baptist Church Road, Jefferson, NC 28640 or the American Heart Association, c/o June Weaver, PO Box 791, Jefferson, NC 28640.
Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family through our website at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.
Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Little’s arrangements.