Irene Little

Irene Little

December 25, 1921 - March 23, 2005

Irene Little

December 25, 1921 - March 23, 2005


Irene Little passed away on the morning of March 23 at 8:25. Born Georgina Irene Goatham on Christmas Day, 1921 in Forfar, Scotland, she traveled first to Canada at a very young age and arrived in Inglewood, California around the age of 5. She attended Morningside High School before meeting her surviving husband of 60 years, Norman H. Little. They were introduced to each other, starting a life-long love affair, by Lillian Hoflund, Norm’s cousin, at a church youth group function. Irene and Norm’s first date was at the Midget Car races in North Hollywood; ironically, on March 23, 1939. During leave from the U.S. Army, Irene and Norm were married on June 29th, 1944. A family reunion and celebration of their 60 years of marriage and listening to an infinite number of repeat jokes and stories during that time! was held December, 2005 in Palm Desert, California.

Irene was an exemplary mother to 3 daughters, Janice, Luanne and Lori, a loving grandmother to 8 and great-grandmother to 2. All of her ‘sweetie-pies? cherished the kisses, warmth and loving embraces that Irene so generously dispersed.

In addition to raising a family in both Lancaster and La Palma, Irene worked as a secretary at Management Service in Santa Ana. She was also a member of a close group of high-school girlfriends, Entre Nous, which met on a regular basis for over 60 years and provided community services to area hospitals and local organizations.

She was an accomplished square dancer, enjoyed playing golf, working out at the gym, and cooking for the family, even during vacation trips to remote areas such as Green Creek in the High Sierras. Christmas was always a special event, doubling as a birthday, and preparing stockings for family and extended family members. Often compared to ?Ozzie and Harriet? because of their similarity to the All-American family, Irene with Norm provided the epitome of a stable family home life that was a magnet to friends of the daughters, in-laws and out-laws!

Her mother, May, a sister, also named May, and a brother, Billy preceded Irene in death.

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15 responses to Irene Little

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  1. Dear Lori and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and wish that we could be with you during this time to provide our support and love to all of you.

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you always.


    Deb, Jack and Jeni

  2. Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts and remembrances of Irene!!

  3. Dear Lori and family,

    We know all too well the loss you have just endured. Please know that we’re thinking of you at this difficult time, and that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourselves….

    Love, Ariane and Dick Murray
    Don’s sister

  4. We’ll miss her very much. She was a very special person to me as is my Uncle Momo. I love all of you very much.

  5. Jim Little says:

    Uncle Mo, Jan, Lori, Luanne and all of your families. My heart and my prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time. I hope you all will find strength in each other, and your memories.

    Jim Little Jimmy Joe

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