Elvy Norma Little

Elvy Norma Little

  • Funeral Date: 3/11/17
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 am
  • Date of Birth: 3/07/30
  • Date of Death: 3/07/17
  • Funeral Location: Little Prairie United Methodist Church

Elvy Little, 87 of Northfield, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Northfield Retirement Center. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, March 11th at the Little Prairie United Methodist Church of rural Dundas with burial at the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park in Faribault. Visitation will be Saturday at the Church 1 hour prior to Services.

Elvy Norma Little was born March 7, 1930 in Minneapolis, daughter of Arvid and Ellen (Carlson) Swanson. She was raised in Wayzata where she attended school, graduating from Wayzata High School in 1948 as valedictorian of her class.

In 1951 she graduated from The Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She worked as a nurse in Garrison, ND, and Fergus Falls, MN, before moving to Northfield when she began at the Northfield Medical Clinic. She met Wayne and on April 4, 1959 they were united in marriage at the Oak Knoll Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

She continued working at the clinic after having four sons while Wayne ran a feed business and living on a small farm outside Northfield. In the late 1960’s Elvy was diagnosed with M.S. which she battled the rest of her life and forced her to retire early from nursing.

Elvy and Wayne were active members of Little Prairie United Methodist Church in rural Dundas, where Elvy sang in the choir for many years.

Elvy Little is survived by her husband Wayne; sons Ed (Gina) of Faribault, Paul (Tonyia) of Northfield, Harlan (Coleen) of Alpharetta, GA; grandchildren Amanda (Chad) Starkson, Nathan, Kenny and Marybeth Little, Ben (Bekky) Harkins, and Claire Little; great grandchildren Ethan Little, Caden Starkson, and Kestrel Harkins; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Curtis; and brothers Richard and Hugo Swanson.

The family requests that memorials be considered for The M.S. Society, Little Prairie Church, or The Northfield Retirement Center.

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