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Jeanette 'Jean' McCue

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[September 27, 2010]  LINCOLN -- Jeanette "Jean" McCue, 85, of Lincoln, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at her home after a monthlong struggle with cancer.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lincoln Christian Church, with Brandon Boyd officiating.

Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. McCue retired from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, where she held several positions from 1962 to 1992. She previously worked for the Lincoln Daily Courier.

She was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Pittsfield. Her parents were Arthur Bentley Caughlan and Agnes Porter Caughlan. She married Richard F. McCue of Elkhart on June 14, 1947, in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1992.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (and wife Elaine) of Spartanburg, S.C., Robert (and Diana) of Greensboro, N.C., and Larry of New York, N.Y.; two daughters, Carol Lippo (and husband Bruce) of Rolling Meadows and Patricia Ballard (and Ron) of Germantown Hills; one brother, John A. Caughlan of Webster Groves, Mo.; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; nephews Thomas, Charles and George; and her companion, Richard "Dick" Eimer of Lincoln.

She was also preceded in death by a nephew, James Caughlan, earlier this year.

She graduated from Pittsfield Community High School. During World War II she completed a two-year accelerated course in journalism at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She worked as a reporter for the Daily Illini while a student.

In June 1945, she began worked at the Lincoln Daily Courier as a reporter and photographer. She left the Courier in August 1948 to start a family, though for many years she filled in for Courier journalist Larry Shroyer and wrote for area newspapers and radio stations.

She started working at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in the campaign office when the hospital was raising funds to build the east wing. She began the hospital newsletter in 1966 and served as its editor, writer and photographer until her retirement. She served as director of volunteer services and special services from 1972 until 1985, when she was named director of development and marketing. She was the director of marketing and public relations at the time of her retirement.

She was a member of the Illinois Society for Directors of Volunteer Services for over 13 years and served as president for one year. In 1981 she was named Illinois Director of the Year.

She served one year on the Illinois Hospital Association annual meeting planning committee. She was a member of the Illinois Hospital Public Relations Society and the American Hospital Public Relations Society. She was a life member of ALMH and the ALMH Auxiliary.

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Among her other accomplishments:

  • Served several years on the United Way board and was president in 1974. She was its first female president.

  • Named Courier Citizen of the Month for March 1975 and served on the Citizen of the Year award board in 1992.

  • Was a 25-year member of Zonta Club and was a delegate to the Zonta International Convention in Washington, D.C., when she was the club president.

  • Served six years on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Logan County Health Department.

  • Served on the boards of the Logan County chapters of the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. For 10 years was canteen chairman for the Red Cross blood collections in Lincoln and served several years as blood services co-chairman. Continued serving as a Red Cross collections volunteer for many years. In later years was a driver for the American Cancer society, taking patients to Springfield and other area hospitals for treatment.

  • Past president of the Lincoln Musical Arts Club and served on the boards of the Lincoln Woman's Club and of Lintiquers, a chapter of Questers International.

Jean loved reading and travel. She said her happiest times were when she was surrounded by her family.

Her family extends their sincere thanks to the doctors and staff of ALMH, to Memorial Home Services Hospice, and to Jean's many friends and neighbors for their consideration.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln Christian Church, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital or Lincoln Woman's Club.

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