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MARION — Janet Brown, 66, died at 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Sarah Bush Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Mattoon.

Janet was born April 11, 1952, in East Moline to Gordon Ellsworth and Naomi (Hornick) Smith. She was raised by her loving grandmother, May Hornick.

She married Douglas Brown on Dec. 26, 1968, by the Justice of the Peace at Franklin County Courthouse in Benton.

Her life was dedicated to caring for others. She worked many long hours as a registered nurse for area nursing homes, hospitals and doctors’ offices. Even recently she filled in when needed at local nursing facilities. She taught in the nursing program at John A Logan College in Carterville.

Janet was a wonderful lady. She was a faithful Christian and prayer warrior who read her Bible and prayed daily for those in need. She was a kindhearted woman who practiced what she preached and “took in” many children who needed food and direction. She enjoyed cooking and was known for her lasagna. In her spare time she liked to spend time with her family and travel to different destinations.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Brown of Marion; son, Dr. Douglas Brown III and wife, Noel, of Marion; daughters, Angie Smith and husband, Robbey, of Marion, and Michelle Clark and husband, Randy, of Pittsburg; son, Chris Brown and wife, Kristin, of Mattoon; 13 grandchildren, K.C. Sapp and husband, Chris, Brockton Brown, Kiegan Rix, Everly Brown, Tyler Smith and wife, Abby, Tyson Smith, Staff Sgt. Maci Elliott and husband, Stephen, Cody Clark, Cailey Clark, Justin Clark, Adrianne Bleyer, Landon Brown and Loralei Brown; great-granddaughter, Emma Jo Smith; brothers, Mike Smith of Pittsburg and Kelly Smith and wife, Stacy of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved grandmother; her sister, Diane; and brothers, Clarence “Corky,” Donny, and Leonard Smith. She also lost one brother to an accident, Dale Smith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion. The Rev. Eddie Donelson will officiate. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family or the JALC Nursing Program and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court, Marion, IL 62959.

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