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AYER — On July 5 Dorothy M. Little completed her 80th Earthly year journey of life. Now she begins a spiritual life with her parents, Florence L. and Gerald W. Ames and her husband of 40 years, Robert J. Little.

While Dorothy was here on Earth she had a forever loving family; daughters, Pamela J. and her husband, Donald S. Baker, Robin A. and her husband, Donald C. Benere; her only sister, Sally J. Fuller. Her grandchildren; Nicki and Husband Scott with great-granddaughters Mikala and Mollee Malboeuf, Amy, with grea-grandsons Eliajah, Yacoob and great-granddaughter Yenae Gebru, granddaughters Linnzi Baker and Willis McDowell; grandson Josh and wife Melissa Burke, and great-granddaughter Hallie, granddaughter Kristine Benere and grandson Patrick Perrault.

She also loved her nephews and nieces Karen Hehir and family, Lynn and Michael and great-niece Bobbi Dynice, Jeff, Linda and great-nephew Geoffrey McNally.

Dorothy graduated from Fitchburg HS in 1946 and attended two years of Leominster School of Nursing. She later met and married Robert J. Little of Ayer and settled there. Dorothy worked at Ayer High School cafeteria and later worked as dietary supervisor at Montroth in Groton and Woodford of Ayer.

She was active in St. Andrews Church, Girl Scouts and Eastern Star. She loved traveling with husband Bob to England, France, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia and from California to Oklahoma, with her granddaughter, Linnzi Baker. Dorothy spent many winters in Estero, FL with Donald P. and Betty L. Baker in “The Little Baker” motor home. Dorothy also enjoyed going to basketball, field hockey, soccer games and swim meets with the great-grand kids or just on missions. Although the family will continue with sadden hearts, she will always be in our hearts.

The family would like to express many thanks to the staff of Rivercourt Terrace in Lancaster for making this difficult journey of life end with dignity.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 9, at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte 2A) Ayer.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ayer.

Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Donations in lieu flowers may be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts, 71 Sterling St., West Boylston, MA 01583.