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Donna Joan "Joan" Little (Atkin)

April 24, 1931 — December 9, 2020

89, of Cass City, died Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Northwood Meadows Assisted Living Medical Care Unit, Cass City. She was born April 24, 1931 in Flint. Her adoptive parents were Lloyd and Frances (Smith) Atkin. She married Harold Lee Little June 10, 1955 in Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City. He died November 24, 2017.

Joan graduated from Cass City High School in 1949 and attended County Normal to earn her teaching certificate. She taught classes in a one room county school, worked as a stay at home mom, and then as a school bus driver for 26 years. The wife of a farmer, Joan maintained a huge garden with which she canned enough vegetables to sustain the family all year. She loved to bake and made perfectly excellent pies, cookies and breads. At any church or family gathering the question was always, “where is Aunt Joan’s potato salad”? She was a life member of Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City.

Joan is survived by her children: Carol (Ron) White of York, South Carolina; Kurt (Melissa) Little of Evanston, Illinois; Suzanne (Michael) Grimmer of Vicksburg, MI; grandchildren: Matthew Little, Kayla Little, Anna Little, Melanie White, Megan White, Leise Rosman, Alison Park, Mitchell Grimmer, Suzanne Grimmer; four great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Keith Little of Cass City; sisters-in-law: Lota Hartel of Caro, Joyce Young of South Carolina, Hazel (Murray) Caister of Pt. Huron; numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband; brother, Bob Atkin.

A funeral service will be held at a later time. Private burial was held with interment in Novesta Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Novesta Church of Christ. Friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
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