Letitia Jane Brue

December 10, 1933May 12, 2018

Jane Brue, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Jane was born December 10, 1933, in Pontiac, the daughter of Claude and Lillian Gilles Johnson. Surviving are her four children, Joyce (Bob) Clay, Bloomington; David Brue, Florida; Todd (Kim) Brue, Texas; and Darcey (Dan) Signs, Florida; 15 grandchildren - Elizabeth (Mark) Blankenship of Bloomington; Adam (Kelly) Clay of Pennsylvania; Kristin Clay of Bloomington; Rebekah (Joshua) Lambert of Kentucky; Joshua (Hosanna) Clay of Utah; Emily (James) Clay of Utah; Abby Clay of Bloomington; Nathan Clay of Bloomington; Daniel Brue of Colorado; Dr. Trevor Brue of Missouri; Matthew Brue of Texas; MaryBeth Brue of Texas; Logan Brue of Texas; Sean Shaffer of Bloomington; and Brandy Shaffer of Arizona; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Brue; two sisters; and one brother. Jane was born and raised in Pontiac, Illinois, where she and John raised their four children. She was Director of Nursing at St James Hospital for ten years prior to moving to Bloomington. Her number one priority was taking care of her family. She loved attending all sporting events for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the central hub for all family holidays and meals. She was a nursing professor at Illinois Wesleyan University for 21 years and received multiple accolades from students and faculty. She led multiple “study abroad” classes to Arizona, Hawaii, and Japan. Additionally, she and John were loyal fans of Wesleyan basketball and regularly hosted the team for post-season meals. Jane was a published author in the field of geriatric nursing. Her book, “A Nurse’s Guide to Caring for Elders,” was published in multiple languages and used in many classrooms throughout the world. She and John were members of First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Evelyn Chapel, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1301 North Park Street. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Evelyn Chapel. Burial will be immediately following the service at Southside Cemetery, 400 S Locust St, Pontiac. Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois Wesleyan University Nursing and Basketball. East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


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Jane Randall

May 25, 2018

I worked with Jane in the School of Nursing at IWU. She was a lot of fun, very helpful, and I enjoyed getting to know her. Jane influenced so many nursing students during her years there -- what a wonderful legacy. When my job as support staff in Nursing was eliminated, I moved to the May Term Office, which was also in Stevenson Hall. There, I was able to continue my relationship with Jane, working with her on her travel courses. I have many fond memories of her.

Lisa Szilagyi-Judd

May 25, 2018

Darcey, Todd, Dave, and Joyce...So many memories flood my thoughts, stemmed from the beautiful home that your Mom made and time spent there! I'm so sorry to hear of her passing; she was always so very kind and welcoming to me. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the beautiful memories of your Mom will bring you much peace and comfort. Blessings....

Jim and Diane Johns

May 18, 2018

So sorry to hear that your mother has past. I have great memories from high school with your family! Sending prayers to you all.

Jim and Diane

Tim Grooms

May 17, 2018

Darcey - Pam and I are so sorry about your mother's passing. From everything you have talked about over the years I know she was greatly loved by her family and friends. We offer you our sincerest condolences.

Angela OBryant

May 16, 2018

Jane was a professor of mine in the nursing program at IWU. She introduced me to therapeutic touch, the gentle art of caring for the elderly, and many fun memories and adventures on our trip to Hawaii. I adored my time at Wesleyan in the nursing program and know that those professors turned out a lot of wonderfully caring nurses over the years. Jane left a legacy there and she will not be forgotten by her students. My sincere sympathy to the family.
~ Angela O'Bryant, IWU BSN Class of 1993

Bill & Peg Raube

May 16, 2018

So very sorry to read of Jane's passing. Shared many fun times with her & John through their and our membership in the Presbyterian church in Pontiac. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.