Bloomington - Ella "Bunny" Bane
Wood, 90, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
at Heritage Health in Bloomington.
Bunny was born on May 25, 1923 in
Dana, IL, a daughter of James W. and Lottie Baker Bane.
Surviving is a son, Randy (Becki)
Wood of Bloomington; two daughters, Deni (Eldon) Menken of Bishop
Hill, and Sherry (Steve) Detloff of Bloomington; grandchildren,
Jonathon (Kim) Breen of Corona, CA, Nathan (Anne) Breen of Chicago,
Sasha Smith of Chicago, Jason (Cieana) Detloff of Chicago, Rachel
Detloff of Bloomington, Justin Wood of Chicago, and Alex Wood of
Chicago; step grandchildren, Glenda (Randy) Courtney of
Bloomington, Sally (Arthur) Baxter of Chicago, and Lia DeLeon of
Bloomington; 7 great grandchildren and 5 step-
In addition to her husband, Tommy,
who preceded her in death on October 25, 2008, she was also
preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lola Bane and
Marjorie Bartmess; and one grandson, Ryan Thomas Wood.
Bunny's father, James W. Bane was
killed in 1923 in a farming accident. She and her sisters
were raised by their mother in Dana until they moved to
Normal in 1935 where both older sisters attended Illinois
State Normal University.
Bunny graduated from Normal
Community High School in 1941, and attended Illinois Wesleyan
University, where she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta
sorority. She graduated in 1945 with a degree in English. She
worked at State Farm Insurance Co. on the night shift with other
college students during World War II.
Bunny married Thomas W. Wood in
Springfield, IL on January 7, 1946. He had returned from the
service where he was stationed in North Africa. He was a
musician, and her life also ended up in music, when they
opened the Music Shoppe, Inc. in 1961 in Bloomington-Normal.
She was in charge of the sheet music dept. for 40 years.
She was a busy and loving wife,
mother, and grandmother who was thrilled to be a
great-grandmother. Bunny and Tommy enjoyed 62 years of
marriage and enjoyed traveling together. She was an avid
reader and loved gardening. Throughout the last 48 years
Bunny enjoyed the company of her potluck group of high school
A memorial service will be held at
11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman
Memorial Home in Bloomington with Pastor Scott
Carnes officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m.
on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the memorial home.
Cremation rites will be
accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Dana
Cemetery in Dana.
Memorials may be made to Share
the Music, attention: Joy, 1540 E. College Ave., Normal IL
Online condolences may be sent to
the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
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