In Memory

Teola Faye Swann Kirby Little (Bradshaw Coyotes) - Class Of 1945

Teola Faye Swann Kirby Little

September 28, 1927 - February 17, 2015

Teola Swann Little

Anson, TX

Teola Swann Kirby Little, 87, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Anson General Hospital. Visitation will be from 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St. Burial will be in Bradshaw Cemetery at 2:00p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, Hwy 83 between Abilene and Winters on FM 1086, Bradshaw, TX with Tommy Spraberry officiating. Pallbearers will be, Lee Dill, Lelan Stice, David Smith, Justin Smith, John DeWitt, Lance Ralston, and James Gossett.

Teola was born September 28, 1927 to John Earl and Nadie Hale Swann, in Gail, TX moving to Bradshaw, TX at an early age. She graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1945. She married M.P. "Pete" Kirby in 1947 and together they had three daughters, Deborah, Pamela, and Belinda. In 1963, she married O.C. Little and together they had one daughter, Gloria.

Teola was a member of the Abilene Women's All Star Softball League in 1948 and traveled to San Antonio for the State Playoffs. She joined the Abilene ISD PTA in 1955 and held every office and was made a lifelong member from 1955 to 1982. She joined the Abilene Women's Bowling Association in 1959 and was a lifelong member. She also joined the Women's Chapter of the Loyal Order of the Moose in 1961 where she served all offices. In 1975 - 1976, she was Deputy Grand Regent of Texas, in 1988-1992 she was on the Grand Council and from 1995-1996 she was Grand Regent of the Women of the Moose and represented the State of Texas where she was referred to for many years as the "Yellow Rose of Texas". 1996-2001 she was an Advisory Board Member for the Women of the Moose, after retiring from office, she received a lifelong membership with the organization. She also joined the VFW Post #2812, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary #6873 and in 2003 she was awarded Honorary Post Mother.

Mom was proud of her four daughters and was a wonderful grannie and memaw to her many many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family gatherings were always special for her, and she would show her love from the meals she prepared for all to enjoy. She loved playing Dominos with her grandsons, watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren compete in the sports that they played. She spent many hours crocheting baby blankets and throws that were filled with love in each piece for her family.

Teola is survived by her daughters, Deborah Kirby Ralston of Abilene, Pamela Kirby DeWitt and husband, Buddy, Belinda Kirby Smith and husband, David, and Gloria Little all from Anson; brother R.E. Swann and wife, Wilma of Spicewood and brother-in-law, Jack Kirby of Abilene; sisters, Corean Swann Kinsey of Lockhart and Evelyn Swann Bassford Hull of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Tamela Ralston King and husband, Larry, Whitney Ralston Corbett and husband, Jim, David Smith and wife, Melinda, Justin Smith and wife, Tifani, John DeWitt and wife, Kim, Lance Ralston and wife, Lauren, Kaycee Gossett, James Gossett, Lee Dill and wife, Debbie, Lelan Stice and wife, Lisa, and Shauna Stice; great-grandchildren, Kolin Bonnett and wife, Chelsea, Peyton, Ryan, Kenlee, Kaitlyn, Haven, Kelton, Nolan, Mason, Kendall, Blakely, Chase, Kaeden, Wyatt, Blake and wife, Tamara, Brandi and husband, Geoffrey, Britton, Autumn, Evan, Paige, Reagan, Lindsey Mayo and husband, J.D., Laura Adams and husband, Andrew, Cody, and Bailey; great- great-grandchildren, Lane, Lily, and Cash; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Orlean Swann Talbott and her husband, Jr. Talbott, and Ethel "Woots" Swan Owens and her husband, Jack; brother-in-law, Britt Kinsey; husbands, M.P. "Pete" Kirby and O.C. Little; son-in-law, Jack Ralston; and grandson, Dempsey Stice.

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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Feb. 19, 2015
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542 Hickory Street | Abilene, TX 79601 | (325) 677-4355

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