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Mary M. Little

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Mary M. Little

MARION, Iowa – Mary M. Little, 54, of Marion, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at her home.

Mary was born March 29, 1960, in Sterling, the daughter of William F. and Gladys M. (Murphy) Hannan. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1978, and went on to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, and her master’s degree in business from Nova University.

She married Paul Little on Oct. 13, 1979, in Sterling.

Mary was a manager in regulatory compliance with Rockwell Collins for 35 years. She had friends all over the world; her work allowed her to build relationships and friendships in numerous countries. Mary thanks everyone for their prayers and support over the last year.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; mother, Gladys Hannan of Sterling; two brothers, David (Andrea) Hannan of Arlington Heights, and William (MaryBeth) Hannan of Savannah, Georgia; five sisters, Karen (Ken) Reynolds, Joleen (Oscar) Cortez, and Kathy (Lew) Wescott, all of Sterling, Barb (Ron) Newlon of Rock Falls, and Janet (Bob) Candler of Marion; two brothers-in-law, John Little and David (Lisa) Little, both of Tampico; two sisters-in-law, Rose (Randy) Miller of Michigan, and Debbra Little of Sterling; nieces and nephews, Michael Hannan, Timothy Hannan, Denice (John) Froiland; godchild Danny (Tracy) Rivera, Seth Wescott, Thad Wescott, Tyler (Amanda) Wescott, Renee (Grant) Gilliland, Ryne Newlon, Shea Newlon, Carrie (Trent) Fish, Kim (Michael) Biechler, Sam Hannan, Isaac Hannan, godchild Maggie Hannan, Nicole Cortez, Mateo Cotez, Brayden Cortez, Elizabeth (Doug) Hughes, Nicolette Miller, Cassie Little, Irial Little, and Alanna Little; great-nieces and great-nephews, Elijah Froiland, Isabella Froiland, David Froiland, Jake Rivera, Josie Rivera, Maya Rivera, Hanna Wescott, Kyle Wescott, Mikela Wescott, Nora Gilliland, Jaelyn Fish, Jaxon Fish, Jace Dowdy, Collin Hughes, Audrey Hughes, and godchild John Obenauf Jr.; honorary nephews, Collin and Ian Ray; godmother and aunt, Mary Jane Foley; aunt Phyllis Hannan; aunt Glenna and uncle Wade Wickline; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, William F. Hannan; paternal grandmother, Margaret Hannan; paternal grandfather, William M. “Bobby” Hannan; maternal grandfather, Joseph P. Murphy; and maternal grandmother, Bernice (Brown) Murphy.

The family will greet guests from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. Private family inurnment at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids will take place at a later date.

The world will forever be different without Mary, just as the world is different because of Mary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Catholic education may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion.

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