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Lisa Little

Obituary for Lisa Little

August 6, 1933 - August 5, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 83


Lisa Little passed away on August 5, 2017 in Austin, Texas, one day before turning 84 years old. Lisa Ilse Fascher was born on August 6, 1933 in Beuster, Altmark region, Stendal district, Germany to Freida Fascher. Lisa grew up in Germany during the era of World War II in the nearby rural community of Jeggel, in the northern part of the country.

After the end of the war, when she was only 17 years old, Lisa left her small town in what was then East Germany to seek a better life. Before she left, she consulted a "Hex Mutti" (palm reader) who told her she would be going on a long journey. Lisa made her way across the East-West border and ultimately to Stuttgart, where she thought the palm reader had indeed predicted her long journey. She didn't fully know just how accurate the palm reader was, for there were more journeys in her future.

In Stuttgart, Lisa found work on the U.S. Army base as a maid and nanny to an American family. The family set her up on a blind date with an American soldier, who was pleasant enough, but it was Allan Little, another young soldier, who caught her attention. Lisa and Allan fell in love and married on December 24, 1954 in Echterdingen, Germany, and spent the next 62 years together, until Allan's death in August 2016.

Lisa and Allan had four children: Bunny, Cathy, Allan Jr. and Thomas. As a career Army family, Lisa, Allan and the children lived and traveled all over the world, from Korea to Puerto Rico, Panama, three tours in Germany and many places in the U.S. Along these travels, they saw diverse parts of the world and formed many close friendships that lasted for their lifetimes. Lisa deserves much respect and gratitude for her role as a military spouse, a difficult and often overlooked role. Lisa moved to each new assignment to support Allan's Army career, far beyond her small village in Germany. When Allan was away on deployments in Korea and Viet Nam, Lisa raised the children and ran the household, all while dealing with the stress of having her husband in dangerous places.

After coming to the United States, Lisa chose to pledge her allegiance to her adopted country, and she proudly became a U.S. citizen in November 1960. She had a talent for languages, fluent in German and English, with a knowledge of Russian as well. Lisa loved literature, especially classic American and British authors, and was a lifelong reader and learner. She had a special gift for gardening, and her gardens were admired by all her neighbors. Even though she knew she would not be in any one place for long, she still planted beautiful flowers which surely brought joy to others long after Lisa had left for a new garden.

Upon Allan's retirement from the U.S. Army in 1989, Lisa and Allan settled in Austin, Texas, and finally put down deeper roots. Lisa enjoyed her many good neighbors in Austin, and of course delighted in watching her Austin garden grow and mature.

Lisa and Allan's family grew as well, to include their children's spouses, 7 grandchildren, and grandchildren's spouses. Lisa relished the role of grandmother and made many memories with her grandchildren, from dying Easter eggs, to hiking along Bull Creek. Her grandchildren's lives are enriched from their experiences with her, which is the best legacy one can leave.

Lisa is preceded in death by her mother, Freida Fascher, and by her beloved husband, Allan Little. She is survived by daughter Bunny and son-in-law Ted Neible, daughter Cathy and son-in-law Glenn Lively, son Allan Jr. and daughter-in-law Sue Rostvold, and son Thomas. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren and their spouses: Kristen Lively and husband Jay Thames, Laura and husband Matthew Braun, Mark Lively, Helen Little, Clayton Little, Jacqueline Little and Sabrina Little.

A Memorial Service will be held in Austin to celebrate Lisa's life on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Lisa will then be laid to rest alongside Allan in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with a short Commitment Service at the cemetery on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

Lisa has been a blessing in the lives of her family and friends, and she will be very much missed. May the Lord lift up Lisa and hold her in His arms and may she rest in peace for eternity.


Commitment Service:
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:00 pm
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas

Note: Turn onto Nursery Road from Harry Wurzbach to enter cemetery. Check in with information officer at the cemetery entrance for directions to service location within the grounds.

Memorial Service:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:30 pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall
301 East 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Officiant: The Rev. Chuck Treadwell

Note: Refreshments to be served in Sumners Hall following the service. Free parking is available in parking garage east of the church; enter from one-way northbound Trinity Street.

Floral remembrances may be sent to:
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home
3125 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78705

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a donation to an organization which supports Parkinson's Disease research and treatment, or to the charity of your choice in remembrance of Lisa.

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Austin, TX 78705
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