She was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Great Bend, Kan., the daughter of Chester Ernest and Ella Mae (Dunn) Howell. She graduated from Wichita East High School and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Wichita State University. She moved in 1993 to Alpine.
Mrs. Little was a career employee in aviation, working at Beech and Cessna before joining Boeing Co. She was chief of operations analysis and a member of several national-level advisory councils, including the Army Science Board. She retired in 1991 from Boeing.
She married Ted E. Little on Aug. 16, 1946. He died in 1999.
Survivors include a son, Christopher Little, Alpine; a daughter, Corliss Ann Kearney, Lawrence, Kan.; a brother, Richard Howell, Dallas; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.
The family suggests memorials to Lupus Foundation of America at www.lupus.org/ support/ways.html#5, or by mail at P.O. Box 79563, Baltimore, 21279; Hospice of Alpine, 604 E. Avenue F, Alpine, 79830; Alpine Public Library, 203 N. Seventh St., Alpine, 79830; or the charity of the donor's choice.