Marlene Elizabeth Little

July 19, 1933 ~ July 28, 2020 (age 87)


Marlene Elizabeth Little, beloved wife, mom, sister, and grandmom, passed peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. 

Marlene was born on July 19, 1933 in Baltimore, MD, and attended the Institute of Notre Dame girls’ school. She met the love of her life, Ray, on a blind date while he was stationed there in the Army. They married in 1953, and had four children. Marlene stayed home to raise her family.

She loved big family events, particularly during the holidays when she would fix delicious home cooked meals-she was the greatest cook. Marlene also did lots of volunteer work over the years at Montfort Academy, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and St. Vincent De Paul’s thrift store. She and Ray loved to travel, taking many trips through the United States and Canada with friends. They have been to all 50 states and many countries.  

Marlene was a loving wife and mother, who cherished her family. She took amazing care of us over the years and we will miss her greatly, but she left us with the best memories and taught us how to live and love and to get through tough times together. All that knew her have been truly blessed.

Marlene is survived by her devoted husband, Ray; her children, Carol Keith (Bradley), Mike Little (Mary), David Little (Dawn), and Becky Donelson-Vlahcevic (Andrej); grandchildren Katie, Sara, Ashley, Patrick, EJ, Emily, Abby, and Matthew; great-grandchildren JP, Claire, Rivers, Rudy, Aubrey, and Connor; her four sisters who live in Baltimore, Mary Vogel, Carolyn Smith, Sister Ann Vogel, and Regina Dietz; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Regina Vogel; and her brother, Dex Vogel.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, July 30 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 31 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9149 Ely’s Ford Rd., Fredericksburg, VA  22407. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Marlene’s family would like to thank all of her caregivers, particularly Robin Brown and Angela Williams, they have a special gift. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marlene’s memory can be made to the Mary Washington Hospice (2600 Mary Washington Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA. 22401). They have been a tremendous support to Marlene and her family.


July 30, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Covenant Funeral Service Fredericksburg
4801 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Funeral Mass
July 31, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
9149 Elys Ford Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Interment following funeral service
July 31, 2020

Oak Hill Cemetery
1902 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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