Mary E. Little, centenarian

January 29, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary E. Little, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. supervisor, died Jan. 20 of heart failure at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

The Bel Air resident was 100.

The daughter of a chef and a homemaker, the former Mary Elizabeth Hogan was born in Baltimore and spent her early years on Broadway. She later moved to Blacksburg, Va., with her family, where she graduated from high school.

After returning to Baltimore, Mrs. Little went to work in downtown Baltimore as a long-distance operator for C&P Telephone Co.

She left C&P to raise her family, eventually returning to the purchasing department. At her retirement in 1977, she was a supervisor in the department.

Mrs. Little, who had lived at Brightwood Avondell assisted-living in Bel Air for the past three years, enjoyed reading and traveling.

Mrs. Little ascribed her longevity to no particular regimen.

"She never drank or smoked," said her son, Barry G. Little, of Fallston. "She did exercise and, until she broke her hip at 97, was still doing housework and getting down on her knees and scrubbing floors."

Her husband of many years, Clarence C. Little, a retired Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar motorman and bus driver, died in 1976.

Mrs. Little had been a communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Hickory.

Services are private.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Little is survived by four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Another son, Jack C. Little, died in 1998.

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