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 is 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 VFW and a Joseph Ogle Chapter member of DAR.
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 six-month romance and they’ve been 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, Oregon, Jesse Little, Golden, Colo., Kayla (Terrence) Raper, Oregon, Lillian Andrew, Oregon, Carson Andrew, Oregon, Alix (Collin Marshall) Brehm, Oregon, Dusty Brehm, Oregon, Sheril (Steve)Abernathy, Midwest City, Okla., and Jim Jefferson (deceased). Dee is survived by her three siblings Glenn (Pat) Chamberlin, Denver, Colo., Bob (Alicia) Chamberlin, Dixon, and Nancy (Bill) O’Leary, 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 borrow, 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.
Too short to get into a truck without a stepstool, Dee earned her CDL 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 won’t be a visitation and there will be a private burial at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Pastor Michael Hoffman and Dr. Travis Woulfe will officiate the burial service. Pall bearers 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 on Saturday, May 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Oregon VFW. There will be food and an open bar for anyone that would like to stop by.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Serenity Hospice and Home in her memory.
Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family with arrangements. Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave nine condolences.