OREGON – On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, our family and this community lost a wonderful person. Dolores “Dee” Little passed away in her home after a lingering illness. By her side through 65 years of her life and nursing her through her illness was her husband, Richard “Dick” Little.
Dee was born to Glenn and Ethel Chamberlin on Jan. 13, 1928, in the basement of Doc Warmolt’s house just outside of Oregon. Dee was from a pioneer family that was established in Ogle County in the 1840s. She lived her entire life in Oregon, and was very proud of her community and the people in it. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a Joseph Ogle Chapter member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Dee graduated from Oregon High School and attended Illinois State University for a short time. She married Dick Little on Sept. 4, 1948, after a 6-month romance, and they were together ever since. Together they had four children, David (Linda) Little, Gig (Tex) Bellows, Sue (John) Andrew and Andee (Todd) Brehm, all of Oregon. The true loves of her life were her grandchildren, Tyler Bellows of Oregon, Jesse Little of Golden, Colo., Kayla (Terrence) Raper, Lillian Andrew, Carson Andrew, Alix (Collin Marshall) Brehm, and Dusty Brehm, all of Oregon, Sheril (Steve) Abernathy of Midwest City, Okla., and Jim Jefferson (deceased). Dee is survived by her three siblings, Glenn (Pat) Chamberlin of Denver, Bob (Alicia) Chamberlin of Dixon, and Nancy (Bill) O’Leary of Rockford.
Dee worked at the Chicago Title Company for 20 years. She worked her way to vice president of the company during several major accomplishments, including nuclear plant acquisitions, Interstate 88 acquisitions. and a thriving business climate during those years. During her time with the abstract company, she supported her family and White Pines Ranch, a family business in its infancy. After her retirement from the title company, she took on more responsibilities at the ranch. She not only was a wonderful mom to her children, she was a “mom” to many young people that came through the ranch. She was always there with a shoulder to lean on, a couple of dollars to lend, and some of the best advice you could ask for. She never liked to see another human (or animal) want for anything, and despised prejudice and discrimination in any shape or form.
Always looking for new adventures, Dee took flying lessons and earned her private pilot’s license at the age of 56. She cherished her time flying with her husband and brother Bob. After Dick and Dee’s three daughters bought the ranch in 1994, Dee enjoyed helping out at many local businesses, taking road trips with her friends, the Blumes, and her back porch parties with her wonderful ladies from the VFW.
Although too short to get into a truck without a stepstool, Dee earned her commercial driver’s license and delivered a few trucks for local businesses. Anyone that knew Dee knows that she loved to laugh and have a good time. She knew how to throw a great party and was always ready for a good joke. She was a great example of how to live your life – work hard, love a lot and don’t forget to have a good time.
As per Mom’s instructions, there will be no visitation. There will be a private burial at Mount Zion Cemetery in rural Oregon, with the Rev. Michael Hoffman and Dr. Travis Woulfe co-officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tyler, Jesse, Dusty, and Carson, and grandsons-in-law, Terrence Raper and Collin Marshall.
Per Mom’s instructions, there will be a celebration of her life from 3 to 7 p.m. May 25 at the Oregon VFW. There will be food and an open bar for anyone that would like to stop by. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home in her memory.
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