Peacefully with her family by her side at Stratford Hospital on January 5, 2022 of Seaforth at the age of 97. Beloved wife of the late Bill Little for over 50 years. Mother of Gary Little of Mississauga, Faye Elliott (John) of Amaranth, Dyke Little of Kirkland Lake, Neil Little (Ginny) of Brantford. Proud grandma of Ida (Ken), Reid (Melanie), Ryan (Rebecca), Shawn (Erin), Sandra, and Jeff and great grandmother of Alice, Lyla, Rowen, Owen, Eli, Sage, Xavier. Dear sister of Edna Stinson of London. Predeceased by her 9 siblings.
Olave was a life loving gutsy lady, who was always happy and smiling. She enjoyed golf, dancing and travelling. Olave was truly an inspiration to everyone and had a great ride in this world, where she took advantage of many opportunities.
In keeping with Olave’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Interment at Maitlandbank Cemetery, Seaforth.
Donations to the Cavan United Church, Winthrop or the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
Frances (Beuerman) Kling
My condolences to all Olave’s family at the passing of your mom.
A good long life….creating good memories.
.Aunt Olave you were a force that will not be soon forgotten. I will miss hearing what you are up to next but will always be thankful to you for setting the example of what it means to live fully. I can only imagine the celebration when you get to that big family picnic in the sky. Thanks for hosting them so often down here on earth. Great memories. To Charlie, Faye, Dyke, Neil and families – love and condolences.
Faye, Just reading the Citizen now and your mother’s obituary is in it. So sorry to read of her passing. I have many fond memories of her. Sending my Deepest Sympathy along with my thoughts & prayers. Take Care, Hugs, Sharon Stephenson
My condolences to Olave’s family. My association with Olave is Legion Ladies Auxiliary related. Many years back, Olave travelled with me as Deputy Zone Commander. Olave loved life and lived it to its fullest. She was very dedicated to Legion and in her later years objected when the Seaforth Ladies felt the need to Surrender their Charter, strangely, she and the Auxiliary retired in the same year and only months apart. May she rest in Peace.
Jim and Janet Papple
So sorry Charlie Faye Dyke and Neil. It is hard to lose your Mom no matter what her age. Aunt Olave always made family gatherings enjoyable and hosted many of them years ago. Enjoyed lately when Faye and her would drop in when out for a drive. Jim has the story that it was no use arguing with Aunt Olave so once brother Don was blamed for something that Jim did. Your Mom will be missed by many as evident by the many messages. Jim and Janet
My deepest condolence to the whole family. She will be missed by many. R.I.P. Olave
So sorry to hear about Olave. Winthrop Store missed her after she retired but the C4th golf course took up her passion. If Olave and her friends came up behind you on the course the etiquette took over as she was coming through. Bill and Olave were good neighbours, blowing snow, working in the store, babysitting our boys and even the dog if we were away. Those butter tarts were better than Weston’s Bakery and sold very well in the store. All those years of walking for exercise did her no harm. She will be missed.
Sending our sympathies. Great Aunt Olave was a firecracker and I have several fond memories of her. She will not be forgotten- especially her grin, and strength and ambition to always find a way to get that golf game in. She is inspirational. Love Laurie (Bill and Ingrid Kerr’s daughter), my husband Matt and our family.
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a delightful person & always had a smile.
Was talking to her in Goderich in October. She was with your son & family. They were heading to your place for Thanksgiving. She will be missed.
Our sincere sympathy to everyone.
Lois & Ken McLlwain
Warren and Judy Beuerman
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Olave was a friendly lady and a very knowledge person. Rest in peace Olave. Sincerest sympathy Warren and Judy Beuerman
Laurene Regele, Sandra and Wayne
To the Little Family.
Our deepest Sympathy to the Little Family.
Olave was a great lady, Friend, Neighbour, and Babysitter. We will always remember her.
Brian & Sharon Pryce
We are so saddened to hear of Olave’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who always had a smile and ready for a chat. She never missed a community gathering whether it was card parties for anniversary parties (and you better be on your toes if she was your partner!), church picnics, etc. or just gatherings in the Winthrop store while she was at work. Who knew getting groceries could be such an enjoyable social time. Her quick wit always left you with a smile!
Olave could make butter tarts like no other!! No matter were you had a butter tart the remark was always ” it is not like Olave’s!”
Olave will be missed, but leaves so many happy memories behind.
Our deepest sympathy to the Little family.
Brian & Sharon
In my Dad’s name Clendon Kerr, we Deby, son Zack , brother Greg , his wife Beata send our deepest condolences.
Wayne & Julie Pryce
Deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful Lady.
My condolences to Olave’s family. Had a fun time with her while she was at the home I worked at.
Tom & Bonnie Johnston
Our sincere sympathy to all of Olive’s family. Olave was a true inspiration of life, always a driving force to stay strong and positive. She was a very valued client for many years and I will miss our conversation. I hope she will be playing a round of gulf today and every day.
Ray and linda mcnichol
Many happy memories by so many people may in time allow you to realize just how many lives your mom touched…..she will be remembered always in the Winthrop and Seaforth communities…..
To the Little Family
My deepest sympathy to everyone. Many fond memories of your Mom in years gone by.
To the family of Olive Little we would like to express your loss to each one of you..
She will be missed and the last time I talked to her she was again looking forward to getting back out to golf again which she looked so forward to do.
Our Pryce family have lost a great lady we all were honored to know at different times in our lives.
Thanks for all our memories.
I am so sorry to hear of Olaves passing. She was a great lady and friend. She also made the most awesome butter tarts.
My condolences to my cousins Gary Faye Dyke and Neil as well as the rest of the family. Aunt Olive taught us all that age doesn’t have to be a barrier to an active life
We will always remember Olave from the store when we were kids. She was always so cheery! A wonderful lady. Deepest condolences.
Mary Ellen Williamson
My sincere sympathy to the Little family on your loss. Your mom was such a friendly and kind lady. My sister Rose Doyle always said that she was the one who taught her golf and always encouraged her and Evelyn to continue playing. It was always so nice to chat with her at the dances we attended. Cherish all the wonderful memories.
Mary Ellen (Doyle) Williamson
ON behalf of the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary to Br 109 Goderich, I want to express our Condolences to the family of Olave Little, We have had the pleasure of knowing Olave for many years, with her untiring work with the Auxiliary.
To family of aunt Olave sending heartfelt condolences. My mom Lynda (Kerr) Riley talked very highly of aunt Olave. May she rest in sweet peace and wear her halo proudly
DeWayne & Sofia Elliott
Dear Faye, Neil, Charlie and Dyke and children: We are deeply saddened by the news of your Mom’s and Grandma’s passing. We knew her to be a warm, giving, kind and incredibly strong woman. I was always welcomed into her home and her family with warmth and the greatest of respect for which I will always be grateful. Olave always overcame challenges with good cheer and zero self-pity. Her love of having fun and her sense of humour were among her greatest attributes. She loved telling and hearing new jokes, attending parties and dances, especially when accompanied by her best friend Bush. She was so proud of all her children and grandchildren and liked to tell her friends and visitors what each and every one was up to. And her athletic prowess was known far and wide. No one we ever mentioned this to readily believed that a woman well into her nineties was still out on the golf course almost every week of the summer and that she knew her way around the course with vim, vigor and a very respectable degree of skill. She was everyone’s ideal of what a loving mother, grandmother and mother-in-law should and could be. We hope that the pain and sadness you are feeling right now will eventually be overshadowed and overcome by the warmth of your memories of her in happier times. You are in our thoughts every day.
– DeWayne, Sofia, Erin and Alain Elliott.
My sympathy to all of Olave’s family. She was a lovely lady. Her determination to continue to be golfing and active for so long into her senior years is an example for everyone. She will live on in your memories and your love for her.
Ray & Dianne Beattie
We want to share our deepest condolence with the Little family at this time. I remember teaching 4-H with Olive, going to school with Neil, being neighbours down the road and Ray & I have lots of memories of good times spent with Dyke growing up.
She was definitely a special lady and lived life to the fullest. She will be missed.
Ray & Dianne Beattie
Brian and Susan MacDonald
Our sincere sympathy to you all. We will remember her as a great neighbour who arrived the day after we moved to
Winthrop with her wonderful cheese biscuits. She always had a chuckle, an “opinion” and a helping hand. and lived
life to the fullest.
Treasure your memories.
Brian and Susan MacDonald
Bruce & Sharon Wilbee
Gary, Faye, Dyke, Neil and families .Our deepest sympathy.
We have fond memories of your mother as neighbour and
working at Winthrop General Store.
I remember Olave as my 4H leader and youth groups at
Cavan United Church.
We remember over the years Bill being a good friend and always
at Dad’s side.
Your Mother will be greatly missed.
Was saddened to hear the loss of Olave, everyday I would walk into work, and there would be her smiling as she was walking down to breakfast. She would always tell me story’s of growing up, how much she loved golf and would always tell me about whichever book she was reading. We will all miss her so very much ❤️ My condolences go to the family & friends of Olave
So sorry to hear of the passing of Olave. She was a great woman.
Sending sympathy to the whole family.
Merlyn and Cliff Campbell
Merlyn and Cliff Campbell
To Faye and family
So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. She was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
and your family. Please send our condolences to Charlie, Dyke. and Neil and their families also.
Merlyn and Cliff Campbell
Lois Wilbee (Beuerman)
I remember Mrs. Little well whenever there were social gatherings going on at #6, McKillop. She always exhibited an interest in others & never made it about herself. So many memories come flooding back when I think of Faye, Dyke & Neil over the years. Sending my condolence to your family during this sad & difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.
Kathy (Doerr) Cooper
Sending comforting wishes to Faye as I remember fun times at the farm east of Winthrop (many years ago).
Joanne Maloney Flanagan
Olave was my 4-H leader many years ago. What great times we had! I love to embroider to this day, a skill I learned from Olave. Many chats we had over the years since. Always a cheery, interesting lady. Sending my sincere sympathy.
I am saddened to hear of Olave’s passing. We played many rounds of golf together over the years.
My condolences to family and friends, she will be missed.
Such an amazing lady!So very sorry to read of Olave’s passing.Had a lot of fun and laughs with her at work and for many years before.I am going to miss her comments and smile for sure!My sympathy to the entire family!A special lady!
Debbie Papple/ Hodkinson & Family
Such an amazing woman Aunt Olave was, an inspiration to so many people. I have so many memories of our Papple family get togethers, . When I was younger at Aunt Olave and Uncle Bill’s house. She will greatly missed. Sending much love and hugs to you all.
Debbie, Mark Britt, Josh , Mallory, Zander and Zoe.
Gordon & Irma Pryce
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. We share many memories of both your Mom and Dad.
Sincerest sympathy to you and all your family. Gordon & Irma Pryce
I am saddened to hear of Olave’s passing but she had a long life which she enjoyed to the fullest. I know that golf was a passion in her later years and Olave loved to play the game, getting out almost every day. My sincerest sympathy to Olave’s family and many friends.
Lorraine (Papple), Brian, Kiel, Kurtis and Cody Bromley
I love you aunt Olave! Driving past the other day I said it’s too bad we can’t stop in. My son said you were an inspiration to him at the Remembrance Day service you did while he was teaching and your being out on the course. Littles our love and condolences are with you.
So sorry to hear of Olaves death. I loved watching her golf. She had the most effortless swing of anyone I know. Met her at dances as well. She will be a loss. My condolences.
Heartfelt sympathy for Chuck, Faye, Dyke , Neil and families upon hearing of Olave’s passing.
Have fond memories of the New Year’s Eve suppers at the farm house , east of Winthrop
Greatest cream puffs ever !
Also remembering at this time, Olave’s dedication to the Young People’s group at Cavan Church Winthrop.
Our Sympathies to Faye and Family of Olave Little . It was sad to hear of her passing as i had so many great memories of Olave as a neighbour family friend and all the time seeing her working at the store. The heavens have received an incredibly kind,thoughtful,caring person who l will always remember
Steve and Joanne Schroeder and family
To Olave’s family,
I am sorry for your loss. Olave was a great lady. May your memories help at this difficult time.
Ann (Rivers) Preszcator
My thoughts and prayers are with you all this sad time.
Elizabeth (Pryce) Jenkin
Faye, Dyke and Neil and families
So sorry to hear about Mrs. Little (as that is who she will always be to me). She was a great lady and always interested in what I was doing. She will be truly missed
Our deepest sympathy. So sorry for your loss. Olave was always a good friend to mom.
Sending my sympathy to all the family. Olave inspired me in many ways.
So sorry to hear about Aunt Olave. She certainly enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.
Our thought go out to all the family
Love from Tom and Dawn
Don & Jeannie Papple
Charlie, Faye, Dyke, Neil and families. So sorry to hear of Aunt Olave’s passing. She was truly an amazing woman who lived a full rich life and will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to you all.
Dear Gary, Faye, Dyke, Neil and families,
My deepest condolences to you on the passing of your mother/grandmother/great-grandmother. As I write this, I am thinking of so many fond memories I have of growing up by your mom and dad’s home in Winthrop. To me, Olave was another grandmother. I remember playing in Olave and Bill’s front yard with Ida. Olave hemmed my clothing when I needed pant legs lifted up, and her and Bill’s home was always open for visiting. They made me laugh. I will treasure the visit I had with her after returning from my first trip overseas in 2007 to honour her brother when we visited Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery and Juno Beach with my students. Having your mom come to my high school’s Remembrance Day Assembly in 2019 as a special guest to honour her brother, Rifleman Robert Papple meant so very much to me. I cannot express how much my heart hurts for you and how much I will miss her. Cherish all the memories you have (I know I do), and may the love of your family and friends help sustain you in the time ahead. Thinking of you all,
Tracy (Bosman) McLennan
To Faye and family
I am so sorry to hear of Great Aunt Olave’s passing. My mom was Lynda Riley ( Kerr) and I have some memories of her and I have heard a lot of great stories of her. Sending our prayers and Love
Love Floyd Riley and family
Don and Maja Dodds
Condolences to Olave’s family. Don will miss his visits with her when delivering the church news letters.
Was so saddened on the loss of a dear friend. We would go for drives & she would tell me who had lived where. For a woman of her age she sure had quick comebacks. We had so many laughs. She was a true treasure.