E. Susan (Mardis) Ramsden Little, 71, of Blairsville, PA passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe, PA.

          The daughter of Ernest and Grace (Harkins) Mardis, she was born September 16, 1941 in Black Lick, PA.

          Mrs. Little worked at Torrance State Hospital for 32 years, retiring in 2002 as a supervisor.

          She was a member of Latrobe Chapter No. 221 Order of the Eastern Star, lifetime member of Chestnut Ridge VFW Post #444 Ladies Auxiliary, Derry and Blairsville Red Chapeau.

          Surviving are her husband, Jay L. Little, Jr. whom she married October 2, 1993; a son, Robert D. Ramsden (Nancy) of New Alexandria; a daughter, Sally Harris (Paul) of Blairsville; a stepson, Jay A. Little (Mandy) of Albemarle, NC; three stepdaughters, Joyce Greece (Jim) of Clarksburg; Sheryl Wiley of Clarksburg and Gail Fresseni of Silverton, OR; 15 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Sheffler (Dale) of Blairsville and Gladys Nunaz of Terrytown, LA and many nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clair and Clifford Mardis; a sister, Helen Smith and a grandson, Alex Fresseni.

          The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Charles W. Williamson officiating.

          Interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Lewisville, PA.

          Chestnut Ridge VFW Post #444 Ladies Auxiliary will have services in the funeral home on Wednesday at 2:30 P.M.

          Latrobe Chapter No. 221 Order of the Easter Star will have services in the funeral home on Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

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