Joan Ruth Foster Little: Aug. 11, 1939 – Jan. 23, 2019

On Jan. 23, 2019, Joan Ruth Foster Little went home to join her husband, “Buddy,” Joel Byron Little Sr.

Joan, an Oak Harbor transplant since 1973, was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Joan Ruth Foster was born in Garland, Maine and dedicated her life to her family. She married Buddy, a native of Suffolk, Va., and they traveled the world courtesy of the Navy.

Her grandchildren remember her as an avid reader.

“Gran” always had a book recommendation. Snuggled up in the pajama pants and flannel shirts she gifted each Christmas, reading with Gran was second only to gardening with her. Her carrots were famously the sweetest, biggest treats, the perfect trophy after a basketball game or beach walk. She was a fierce competitor and an infamous basketball opponent. At 50, she could out shoot 20-year olds on the court.

Above all else, Gran taught her children and grandchildren to be independent. Ever the boss at home and at work, she was an example of strength. Family always came first to Gran, and she never hesitated to care for her loved ones, even at her own expense. Her thoughtfulness and work ethic live on in her family.

Her family hopes to emulate her strength and her willingness to serve others. She is survived by her brothers Jack (Audrey), Mike (Julie) and Patrick Foster (Margaret), as well as her sister Priscilla Brobst.

Her children Joel Jr. (Martha), Lynne (John), Mary (Billy) and Joanne will continue to keep her memory alive in their gardens. Joan’s 10 grandchildren and five great-grandkids will remember her every time they curl up with a good book, pick blackberries for pies, or walk along the shore, collecting treasures.

Granny, you are missed and loved by us all.

Join her family and friends on Feb. 16, 2019 to celebrate her life. A short service is at 1 p.m., followed by an open house 1:20-3 p.m. at the Church of Latter-Day Saints, 201 N.E. O’Leary St, Oak Harbor.

Please, in lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity in Joan Little’s name.

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