Ella Ree Craig Little, 88, passed away at her residence in Owens Cross Roads Friday after a lengthy illness.
Ella Ree was born July 17, 1922 in Lauderdale County to Clyde and Minnie Partrick. She moved to Madison County in 1937 where she resided the remainder of her life. In 1939 she married William Malone Craig and remained married until his passing in 1977. The union brought into the world two children, Jerry and Linda. In 1986 Ella Ree married Loyd H. Little and came to love and appreciate the Little family as her own. Mrs. Little was an active and vibrant member of the Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ for more than 65 years. She was employed at the office of the Probate Judge for 30 years where she retired in 1985. After retirement, Mrs. Little had more time to quilt, garden, and spend with her family which included traveling near and far for any sporting event in which her grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved. Ella Ree, “Mam”, as she was named by her grandchildren became affectionately known and loved as “Mam” throughout her community.
Mam is survived by her son, Jerry Craig and wife Marion, daughter, Linda Hill, grandchildren, Craig Hill, Lynn Parker, Mark Craig and Harrel Hill, five great grandchildren, her step children, Harriet Belle Tucker and husband William, Margaret Anne Whitsett and husband Dan, Honorable Loyd H. Little, Jr. and wife Maggie, seven step grandchildren, seventeen step great grandchildren, her brother, Robert Partrick and wife Betty, and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Lloyd, Doran, Ollus and Wayne Partrick and one sister, Ruby Ezell.
Visitation will be Sunday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ, Monday at 2:00 pm with Bro. Harold Kelly, Bro. Edwin Parks, Hon. Buddy Little, and Bro. Clifton Mann officiating. Her body will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Craig Hill, Mark Craig and Harrel Hill and nephews W.D. Patrick, David Partrick and Tony Craig.
Interment will follow in the Byrd Cemetery.