Janet Brown

Apr 11th, 1952 - Aug 3rd, 2018


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2018 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2018 11:00 AM


Mon, Aug. 13th, 2018

Janet Brown

Marion- Janet Brown, 66, of Marion, died at 2:00 AM, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Mattoon.

Janet was born on 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 December 26, 1968 by the Justice of the Peace at Benton Courthouse.

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-

Husband- Douglas Brown of Marion
Son- Dr. Douglas Brown III and wife Noel of Marion
Daughter- Angie Smith and husband Robbey of Marion
Daughter- 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, SSgts. 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
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.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, August 13, 2018 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Rev. Eddie Donelson will officiate. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Family or the JALC/ Nursing Program and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/1704 N. Court/ Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.

19 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Gloria Mosley

    From: NChas, South Carolina

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Dear Brown family,
    I’d like to express my condolence and deep regrets for your loss for I lost my entire family to this enemy death and would like to share where I found help at that time. I found hope and comfort in what I read in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John5:28,29 there it states that we’ll see our love ones again in the resurrection when Jesus brings them back here on earth and Isaiah25:8 states that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever. These and other scriptures help me cope with my loss and get through each day because now I know I’ll see my love ones again and so can you. I wanted to share this with you now when hope and comfort is needed in hopes that this will help you also in some way for this is my purpose in sharing this with you at this time and please know that I do share your grief and hope you’ll feel free to let me know if I accomplished my purpose. Sincerely, GM

  • Guest: Carol Leady

    From: Bradenton, Florida

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Rest in peace my bestie. See you in heaven. You will be so missed. I love you dearly and thank you for being such and example of what a Christian is. Thank you for all the memories. They were all good. I will miss your laugh and that big smile.

  • Guest: Karen

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    I know you are in your happy place with no heartache, I will always miss you. Your Twisted Sister. To her family I will be thinking and praying for you. Try to remember all the good times you each had with her.

  • Guest: Marilyn Dalton

    From: Mahomet, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Janet was a wonderful cousin and person. We loved her like a sister. We shared many memories of her growing up on the farm. She will be dearly missed . Prayers for the family

  • Guest: Sam & Rachel Eckols

    From: Goreville , Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Doug & family,
    We love you & are praying for peace & comfort for everyone. Janet was so special, always lovely to chat with, her relationship with God was inspiring, as was the love she had for her family & friends. We’ll miss her. Thinking of you all.
    -Sam & Rachel Eckols

  • Guest: Pam Hays

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Janet at different times throughout her nursing career. We even shared our birthdays! She will be missed.

  • Guest: Robin Szczeblewski

    From: Carterville , Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Janet was a wonderful person and will be missed! Always had a smile and her laugh was contagious. I have lots of great memories of her that will be cherished. Sending our love and prayers to the family.

    -Robin (Rogers) Szczeblewski and Family

  • Guest: Bonnie Ries

    From: Waterloo, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    I’m so very sorry for your loss I know she was a wonderful lady because she had a very wonderful son and a wonderful daughter in law I love you guys so very much sending lots of love and prayers

  • Guest: Cheryl Flowers

    From: Mulkeytown, Illinois

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Great lady.Worked with her at SCNC.Had some great times.RIP.dear friend.

  • Guest: Mary McKay

    From: Leming, Texas

    Date: August 5, 2018

    Janet was a wonderful lady and I remember lots of times spent together when our children were growing up together. We were neighbors and saw each other often. She was a Christian woman, strong in her faith, and I know where she resides today. May she rest in peace until we meet again.

  • Guest: Mindy Allen

    From: Simpson, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    Everytime I talked with Janet she talked about her family. She had a great love for all of you. She was a great friend and awesome nurse. She will be missed, but we will see her again if we follow Jesus as she did. Gods comfort and peace

  • Guest: Cena Davis

    From: , Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2018

    She was an awesome lady, with a heart as big as Texas.

  • Guest: Aunt Geri , Uncle Ed and Kim

    From: Kissimmee, Florida

    Date: August 6, 2018

    At a loss for words. She loved Aunt Geri and She loved Janet…Speaking for Mom she will miss her si much ..but they had a ball when she was here in June.. We love you Doug and all the family so much..

  • Guest: Dixie L. Richardson

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 7, 2018

    Doug, I worked with your mother for many years and loved her spirit and kind nature. May your many memories comfort you in the loss of this dear soul.

  • Guest: Lucy Sloan

    From: , Illinois

    Date: August 8, 2018

    Janet was a much loved employee at the Cat Scan office of Dr. David Sloan in Herrin, Illinois for 10 years. She was wonderful with the patients and hospital staff. She seemed to be able to do anything, a rare skill. She made the world a better place for all of us. It has been a privilege to have shared her life.

  • Guest: Rob and Tina Null

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: August 9, 2018

    Your family is in our prayers. We will not be able to attend the funeral. We will be out of town. But please know that we are thinking of all of you. Please let us know if we can do anything

  • Guest: Margaret Samuel

    From: Carterville , Illinois

    Date: August 11, 2018

    I worked with Janet at Herrin Hospital and shared much laughter. She is safely home.

  • Guest: Christie Wickham

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: August 12, 2018

    Janet my old friend rest in peace. You were a great friend & we had lots of good memories but the thing I remember the most is how much you loved your children & how full your house always was. My condolences to the Brown family, she will be missed.

  • Guest: Donna Gale Hill

    From: New Burnside, Illinois

    Date: August 14, 2018

    I loved you Janet Brown.I wasn’t there much.But you were my big sister.I’m very sad now.and will always carry you with me.
    Goodbye sister.Until we meet again.
    I’m so sorry for all her family& friends.You were are so special.I looked up to you all.forever& always.