In Memory

Ann Little (Little)

Harriet Ann Little, age 66, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was born in Durham, North Carolina on April 21, 1956, to Ann Miles Little and Thomas A. Little, DDS.

Known to her family and friends as Ann, she was raised in Durham, and attended Durham Academy, graduating from Northern High School in 1974. She attended North Carolina State University and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1978. Ann moved to Atlanta, Georgia to start her career as a Dental Hygienist, moving to Wilmington in 1987 to be closer to family.

Ann took pride in her career as a dental hygienist, caring greatly for her patients. She enjoyed her time volunteering for Lower Cape Fear Hospice and the local animal shelter. Ann also enjoyed playing tennis, bicycle riding, and attending Pilates classes. She had a number of beloved pets, namely her dogs Tar Heel and Snuggles, and her cat Harley who lived to age 19.

Ann is survived by her loving mother and best friend, Ann Miles Little Smyth of Wilmington, and her brother Thomas “Tom” A. Little, his wife Janette Little and their daughters Anna and Ashley Little, all of Durham, and numerous cousins and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father Thomas A. Little, DDS and her stepfather Philip J. Smyth.

Services will be private. Donations in her memory are requested to be made to All 4 Cats Rescue & Community Outreach at

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04/22/23 08:15 AM #1    

Barbara Beard

OMG, I wondered why I had not received any responses to my messages to her. I had only spoken to Ann a few times in the last several years, but I have great memories from our days in Atlanta.  We moved there together in 1979.  

Ann sent me a hand-made, beautiful card when Mom passed last October. 

I hope Ann is at peace, and I'm sure she is in a better place.  May God bless her. 


06/19/23 11:41 PM #2    

Kathryn Buschman (Hoover)

I grew up next door to Ann from the time we moved to Willowhaven in 1962. She was probably my first friend, and we spent hours together as the only girls on the street our age for years. She went to DA in elementary school while I was at Holt so she was my summer bestie, going to the pool, playing ball on the golf course late, planting sparklers in the sand traps on the 4th of July, building camps in the woods, and waving to each other every Christmas Eve from our bedroom windows. Hadn't seen her in years but we did chat on Facebook on occasion. 

Someone please correct her full name at the top, it was Harriet Ann Little and her birthday was April 21st which was the day before I found out she'd passed. 

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