Joan E. “Jody” Little, 83, a resident of Old County Road in Thomaston, died at the home of her daughter the morning of April 1, 2010, after a period of failing health.

Jody was born Dec. 8, 1926, in Winslow Mills, one of seven children of Roland and Annie (Vannah) Jenkins. The family moved to Thomaston where she graduated from Thomaston High School. During her high school years, she dated George Little, and they were married in 1946, upon his return from World War II.

After she graduated, she worked as a telephone operator until her marriage, when she became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. She loved to be with her children.

Jody was a member of the Thomaston Assembly of God Church since 1960, actively supporting its ministry by being a Sunday school teacher for many years, and attending services whenever she could.

While known as a mild-mannered person, she became passionate about following the Red Sox, celebrating their successes of late, and looking forward to this year’s season. She also enjoyed supporting her grandchildren as they competed in local leagues. Reading, watching “Jeopardy,” and cooking for her family were favorite pastimes.

Jody was predeceased by her husband, George Little, who died in 2004.

She is survived by her children, Vera Morin and her husband, Harry, of Springfield, Mo., David Little and his wife, Anne, of Cushing, Stephen R. Little of Warren, Peter Little of Thomaston and Joy Little of Rockland; a sister, Alice Curtis of Thomaston; her grandchildren, Aimee Sanfilippo of Thomaston, Jeremy Little of Wakefield, Mass., Ruben Little of South Portland, Breana Little of Rockland, Celisa Morin of New York City, Troy Morin of Newport, Ky., Jodi Morin of Springfield, Mo., and Nicholas Little of Rockland; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 14 Roxbury St. in Thomaston. The Rev. Jeff Green will officiate. Interment will be in the Village Cemetery in Thomaston, beside her husband, later in the spring.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health and Hospice, Kno-Wal-Lin, c/o Northeast Health, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

The family wishes to thank the Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice for their care of Joan, especially her nurse, Susan Folk, for her many visits and compassionate care.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through Arrangements are with the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home in Thomaston.