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Ruby Bower Little

Originally published: Jan. 28, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 28, 2013

Mrs. Ruby Bower Little, 99, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Margate Health & Rehab Center.

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.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Friendship Baptist Church by the Rev. Stephen Little and the Rev. Russell Hart. Burial followed in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Badger Funeral Home.

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; also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

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Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Little's arrangements.

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