"The kids used to visit all the time," said Joy Edmond, a neighbor of the Pitts in Springfield, Mo.
"During the winter, we could see them sledding in the yard!"
Jane, 78, reportedly clashed with the "Maleficent" star over her liberal lifestyle — and insiders said she's easing her pain by focusing on her work at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
Jane has also grown closer to the four children of Brad's sister, Julie, who launched the charity I Pour Life, which has raised $200,000 for the needy in third world countries.
"Jane spends a lot of time with Julie and her charity work," the source spilled. "But you know she deeply misses Brad's kids!"