Emma Jean Mitchell (Little) , 68, of Poplar Bluff, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  Emma was born October 19, 1948 in Webb, Mississippi to Beatrice Little and the late William “Bud” Little.

After working at Lucy Lee Hospital for fourteen years, Emma retired as a CNA.  Before becoming a homemaker with Independent Living Center, she enjoyed being a cook and portraying great fun to customers on a daily basis at County Mart Grocery Store.  Emma loved playing Bingo and spending time with friends and family.  Emma’s passion was having a green thumb, being able to grow ANYTHING.

Emma leaves her precious memories and moments of laughter to her 3 sons.  Rickey Bryant (Lois) of Kansas City, MO, Byron Bryant (Amber) and Patrick Bryant (Angel) both of Poplar Bluff.  Also left to treasure Emma’s memories is her loving mother, Beatrice Little of St. Louis and twelve sisters and brothers:  Alvin Ray Snerling (Lisa), Leon Little (Sue), George Little (Muriel), Lee Little (Shantele), all of St. Louis.  Elizabeth Collins (Robert) Lee Summit, MO, Kenneth Little and Evaline Lumpkin, both of Kansas City, MO, Elaine Dodson (Mark) Blue Springs, MO, Tim Little, Grandview, MO, Malissa Woodberry, Leawood, MO, Debra Riley (Robert), Lawton, OK and Charles Little (Janette) of Poplar Bluff.  Emma also leaves her sweet memories to Thurston Mitchell, surrogate father to her 3 sons, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Emma was preceded in death by a daughter; Falisia Bryant, her father; William “Bud” Little and 2 brothers; Eric Little and Robert Little.

Visitation will be 12pm Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Lively Stone Church of God 522 Relief Street.  The celebration of life service will begin at 1pm.