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Patricia Jean (Taus) Little

March 17, 1938 ~ May 12, 2022 (age 84)

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 Patricia Jean (Taus) Little

Little (Taus) Patricia Jean March 17, 1938 - May 12, 2022. The world lost another wonderful person to the cruel illness of Alzheimer’s Disease. Pat was a truly dedicated mom (including to her many pets throughout her life), grandma, great grandma (Granny), wife, aunt, sister, daughter, employee, coworker but most of all - friend. 

Pat was a graduate of Edina High School and not long after married her high school sweetheart Joseph Little and started a family. Pat enjoyed her career as a bookkeeper/accountant but also spent some time selling real estate and had her additional job at Target for many years. She continued working until well into her 70s. She had a lot of activities that she enjoyed through her years including flower arranging (she belonged to a club and won several awards back in the day), gardening, bowling on a league, fishing at the cabin on Lake Vermillion with her husband Thomas Weber, traveling, cooking and entertaining, cake decorating, making truffles, reading, collecting antique dishes and mustache cups, dancing with her friends (oddly enough she loved the song Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton) and was an avid bird enthusiast. She had quite the sweet tooth and when her kids were young, she would keep a secret stash of chocolate hidden so she could enjoy it without having it all eaten by her family. While in high school in Edina she met Joe, and since he was at an all boys school, she ended up being part of the prom royalty for his school. She loved to brag about having her motorcycle license and kept that current even though she had not had a motorcycle since the mid 70’s. She spent a lot of time participating in her kids activities as a room mother, scout leader, on the PTA, a member of the Blue Line Boosters (Wayzata organization for kids hockey) or a loud member of the cheering section at sporting events of her kids and grandkids. She was proud of participating in the Wayzata School District O.W.L program where she worked with kids and helped them with their school work and by being their friend. Pat was proceeded in death by her parents George and Emelia Taus, her brother, 3 sisters, sister-in-law and 3 brother-in-laws. She is survived by children Kathryn (James) Stille, Joseph (Susan) Little, Richard (Lori) Little and Cynthia (Marcus) McCleary, 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Pats' last years were spent living at Amira Choice Plymouth in memory care. We all cannot be more grateful for the love and care she received from all of the amazing people there. We also must include a thanks to all of the people from Accent Care – Fairview Hospice who took care of her throughout the last couple of years. 

Join us on July 8 for a Celebration of Life for Pat. We will start with a burial at 2:30 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Minneapolis and then a celebration from 4-9 in the McMillan Auditorium at the MN Landscape Arboretum in Chaska where we will share stories about Pat (starting at 6:00). 

Memorial gifts can be made in Memory of Patricia Little to Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer’s Research. Mail to Department of Development, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (add Alzheimer’s donation in memory of Pat Little) or donate online at https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc and complete the online form. Under “Designate my gift to...”, please select “Other” and manually enter Alzheimer’s Research. Under “Tribute Information” please indicate the gift is in memory of Pat Little. 

Pat will be missed so much by so many of us but we can know that she is now free and having a wonderful reunion with her parents and siblings and sibling-in-laws. Be free Pat! You will always live in our hearts!!

 

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