Wynne Bailey Goldberg Littman, who combined a jewelry business with sports franchise ownership and extensive community philanthropy, died Tuesday, November 13, 2007, in Bremerton, Washington, her local newspaper reported.
Littman was afourth-generation jeweler. Littman’s great-grandfather was a Jewish immigrant from Russia who made his way our the the far American West, and peddled jewelry, pots and pans from a cart in Aberdeen, Washington. Her grandfather ran a pawn shop in Seattle’s Pioneer Square that also sold gold nuggets from Alaskan Gold Rush prospectors, the Kitsap Sun said.
While most East European immigrants at the turn of the 20th century stayed in the Northeast U.S., some wound their way out to the American West. Many of those became peddlers and merchants to the pioneers, cowboys and gold rush prospectors, including Levi Strauss and the founders of the Meier & Frank department store chain, among others.
Along with running a jewelry store, Littman co-founded and co-owned the Kitsap BlueJackets of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.
According to the Kitsap Sun, Littman was known for her optimism, generosity, sense of humor, marketing skills and marketing seminars she presented nationwide.
“I don’t think Wynne and (her husband) Charlie ever said no to a need, and they gave to a lot of nonprofit organizations, Protestant and Catholic churches, the Jewish community, and to individuals,” said Hank Mann Sykes.
Littman is survived by her husband Charles, daughter Tobey, son Ron, and grandchildren Bailey Morse, Aiyanna Littman and Bryce Littman.