Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bits and pieces

Requests for information
Family recipe book: Please send Sandee Soza your favorite recipes for inclusion in a 1st edition family recipe book. Her address is 2439 Leo, Nampa, ID 83651 and her email address is

Family story book: Please submit your Little family anecdotes for inclusion in a compilation of stories. Alice Little is collecting and putting this together. Her address is: 800 Cielo Cir., Las Cruces, NM 88007 and her phone number is 505-523-0602.

Thanks ahead of time for your contributions and we look forward to seeing the results at the Little Reunion 2010!

Questions/Family address changes?
Do not hesitate to write, call or email. We’d love to hear from you!
Leslie Curtis
Note new address: 16722 SE Austin St., Milwaukie, OR 97267/cell phone: 503-369-6342/email:

In Loving Memory

This was taken from the most recent Little Family Reunion newsletter.

In Loving Memory

~Alice Louella Lowry was born in Los Angeles California, on June 15, 1927 to
John T. and Louella Grace (Hastings) Little and passed away January 14, 2008. She loved to read and also play games, especially Scrabble. None of us could ever out spell her. She was also very competitive. She most loved to spend time with her family, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dwain Lowry; four children, Dwain Lowry Jr., and wife El Donna, Flora Belzer and husband Bob, Ernie Lowry and wife Janine, and Ron Lowry; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Mike Kortan, Amy and Dan Farnworth, Anya and Raffael Lichdi, Greg and
Heather Lowry, Dane and Bridgette Lowry, Katie and Jeff Chadd, R. J. Lowry, Daniel Lowry, and Roxy Lowry; 13 great grandchildren, Anna, David, Alizabeth, Melody, Brian, Jason, Julie, Jakob, Noah, Klara, Aubriana, Mason, and Lowen.

~Eunice Little was born in Pasadena, California on July 13, 1928 and passed away on April 8th, 2008 of complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Eunice is survived by her husband Al Little; children, Art and Laurie and step-son Darell, son-in-law Jim, daughters-in-law Nellie and Gail; grandchildren, Jesse, Chris, Jon, Melanie, Gina, Genny and Kevin; great grandchild, Dylan. Eunice was known for her beautiful smile and gracious ways. She worked at Century 21 Val Realty for over 20 years as a bookkeeper and was a vital part in the success of that company.

2010 Reunion Planning

This is an excerpt from the recently mailed Little Family Reunion newletter.

Looking forward

For those in the family that like to plan their lives well in advance, we have good and bad news. First the good news. You can count on a Little Family Reunion sometime in the summer of 2010! Wow, that’s only 2 summers away. The bad news is that we won’t know the date and location until late next summer- 2009. If you’ve ever looked for a retreat location for a group, you know that most camp and conference centers will not allow you to formally book your group any earlier than 12 months in advance. This is true for all of the conference centers we have inquired about in recent years.
The committee has already started gathering preliminary information and getting our names on the “we’re interested” list for at least two potential reunion locations. Based on the survey that we took at the last reunion, we will focus most of our energy on Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, NV and Ida Haven in McCall, ID. These locations received the most votes on the survey question; Which location would you prefer? We will also do our part to search out other camp and conference centers that might be centrally located, cost effective and bring in the highest number of Littles. We understood from our survey that many people liked Zephyr Cove and with a few tweaks to the way we are housed; it could be a premium location. We also know that Ida Haven in McCall, ID (1998 reunion) had some of the best recreation options in recent history. The survey also revealed that we should begin our search focused on late June and July. However, if our options are few and it’s the right location, we’ll certainly consider early August.
It’s our goal to have as many relatives of John T. and Louella G. Little at the next reunion as possible! This begins with early and frequent communication about the 2010 reunion. We will do our best to get you this information so that you can pass it on to all the members of your family. If you have specific location questions or recommendations for 2010, please feel free to email them to Leslie Curtis ( or call her cell phone at 503-369-6342.

Looking back at the 2007 Reunion

This is an excerpt from the recently mailed Little Family newsletter.

Looking back

Though it seems longer, it was a little over a year ago that we all gathered at Zephyr Point on Lake Tahoe in Nevada, and shared another unforgettable Little Family Reunion. Every reunion has distinctive qualities that set it apart from other reunions. Here were just a few memorable moments that came to mind for me.

JUST IN TIME: Most of us arrived at Zephyr Point followed by the smoke. The forest fire that devastated the area only minimally impacted our fun. But it became an opportunity for our family to bless others when we gifted auction money to a local resident who was greatly impacted by the fire.

BEACH BABIES: I loved watching families brave the cold waters of Lake Tahoe from the pebbly shore. I do believe Terry Allison was one of the bravest! It was so fun to sit in the sun and get caught up with other families, while our kids splashed in the water and dug holes in the sand.

AND THE EMMY GOES TO……. Talent night at the family reunions is always one of my favorite memories. I think sharing our gifts and sharing some laughs, is an important tradition. My kids were too young to appreciate the original Muppets show, but they talked about Janine’s live version for a very long time after the reunion. I still hear them humming “mahna mahna” from time to time.

Every reunion is a little different, yet the spirit of our family remains in the memories, the stories, and the shared heritage. Along with the great memories from each reunion, I always come away with a sense of belonging and closeness that only comes from an extended family like ours. Being part of this great legacy is a gift we give ourselves and to our children. I am proud to be a Little! ~submitted by Libby Simmons

2007 Little Family Reunion Picture

This beautiful picture was taken on Wednesday of the Little Family Reunion 2007 at Lake Tahoe.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Things to do in the Lake Tahoe area

We thought you might like to see a list of a few things to do in the Lake Tahoe Area. On most days we will have some kind of planned activity that is of course, optional. Evenings will also have an activity on the campgrounds. You can expect some of the usual activities you've come to love like, Frisbee golf, swimming, games and the ultra-competitive steeple chase!

Some things to look forward to...

-Playing in the lake (check out the Zephyr Point website for a great photo of their swim area

-Biking trails around the lake

-Hiking- Eagle falls (great scenery by Emerald Bay and great hiking area)

-Vikingsholm Castle - it is surrounded by Forest Service land that is a park with hiking trails

-Trolley Ride - You can catch the trolley that will take you around the lake with one of the many stops being at Zephyr Cove

-Virginia City - An old western town in the Nevada hills

-Many more activities like horseback riding, para sailing, tram rides, white water rafting are available but, more expensive

-We will have activity options for those in all budget ranges!

Prayer Requests

Hello Little family-

We are just a few weeks away from our reunion at Zephyr Point! The reunion committee is excited to welcome everyone. We've had a good time planning and being in touch with quite a few of you over the last 3 years.
As we get closer to the reunion, it has become apparent that many people are experiencing some road blocks and challenges in getting to the reunion. We just wanted to ask everyone to keep the greater family in your prayers in the coming weeks.

Here are a few challenges that we are aware of and we are sure there are more out there-

job loss, job transition, houses that won't sell, workers on strike jeopardizing chances of coming to reunion, upcoming surgery, work conflicts making it difficult to get away, expensive car issues, short on money for gas...your prayers are appreciated!

If you have a specific request that you would like to share with the family, please use the comment option . We believe that our large, extended family is a faithful bunch who will be happy to pray for you!

3 weeks and counting...