V eronica Rose Little was born on November 3, 1927, on a farrn in Sioux City, Iowa. She was the 11th of 12 children born to Johand Rose (Trierweiler) Besch. Her father and mother were farmers when she was born and she attended Cathedral through High School. Veronica loved her life in Iowa and spent time there every year until her passing. They moved to Lakewood in 1963 and became members of St Bernadette's Church at that time and remained a parishioner until her death. Her younger sibling, Sister Mary Rosemunda, still lives in Iowa. .
At the age of 19, she met William (Bill) Little in Sioux City and loved to go to dances and "run around" with him. They took off on a wild trip to California and on the way, stopped in Salt Lake City, Utah and got married. They married on September 12, 1947 and were married until Bill passed away on May 23, 2018. Bill and Veronica loved each other, were devoted, and were very loyal to one another for 71 years. They were a true testament to hanging in there through thick and thin.
Family was everything to Veronica and she made a home where children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were always welcome and "expected." She loved holidays when the family could gather for celebration, food, gifts, and love. She was always there for birthdays, special events like graduations and weddings, and especially for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. One of her favorite traditions was to have a Christmas party for her great-grandchildren where it was just kids and grandma.
Veronica was a person who loved being outside working in the yard or garden. Her favorite vegetables to grow were tomatoes and cucumbers so that she could "can" every August. To this day, her basement is full of canned tomatoes. She really didn't want to use them after she canned them just in case she didn't have a good crop the next year.
Her greatest talent was that of being a self-taught artist. In her later years she took up drawing and painting and amazed her entire family with her work. She wanted to make sure that her great-grandchildren had a special piece painted by her just for them. Veronica always wished that she could have gone on to school to learn more about painting. She continued to paint until the day she went to the hospital for the last time.
Bill and Veronica had six children (three boys and three girls) in Sioux City before moving to Chicago, Illinois for two years and then on to Lakewood, Colorado where they resided for the rest of their lives. Their children are Daniel Little of Lakewood, David Little of Lakewood, Catherine Mortimer with husband Gary of Littleton, Michael Little with wife Stephanie of Bradenton, Florida, Marian Kolstoe with husband Brad of Aurora, and Nancy Rolls of Lakewood who passed in 2022.
They also had eleven grandchildren — Timothy Little, William (Billy) Little, Brooke Little, Elizabeth Mortimer, Michael Mortimer, Peter Mortimer, Keegan Browder (step-grandchild), Ingrid Kolstoe (Aaron Darlington), John Kolstoe (Harmony Kolstoe), Kristen Rolls (Dan Lackey), Kari Pettijohn (Chris Pettijohn), and Patrick Rolls.
Her great-grandchildren include: Tyler Pell, Isabelle Pell, Osa Darlington, (twins) Elin Darlington and Emilia Darlington, Violet Kolstoe, Margo Kolstoe, Waylon Lackey, Aberdeen Lackey, Carmen Lackey, Adelande Pettijohn, Raef Pettijohn, Maybelle' Rolls, and Rose Segovia.
Services held at
St. Bernadette's Catholic Church
February 23, 2023
Burial to be held at Fort Logan Cemetery on March 9, 2023 at Eleven O'Clock in the Morning, Pavilion A.