Jean Patton Liberati
Jean Patton Liberati, 96, a longtime Williamsburg resident and dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died on April 11, 2018. She was predeceased by her spouse, Lt. Col. Eugene Liberati (USAF, Ret.), to whom she was married for 68 years.
Jean was born in Xenia, Ohio on March 4, 1922 to Margaret Garrel Frame and Jean D. Patton, who was a co-founder and longtime executive vice president of Morton Frozen Foods, a prominent mid-twentieth century innovator in frozen food manufacturing. A talented dancer and musician, Jean grew up in Ohio and Kentucky and attended Cedarville College. She spent her early adult years during World War II in Louisville, Kentucky, where she worked at Bowman Field as well as at the legendary Seelbach Hotel. Jean also met Gene, then a young U.S. Army Air Corps second lieutenant, in Louisville during that time and married him on July 12, 1943. Following the war, she was an active mother and volunteer while Gene’s career in the food and beverage industry encompassed New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. In Charlottesville, Jean worked at both Rock Hill Academy and the University of Virginia’s offices of admissions and continuing education. The couple moved to Williamsburg in the early 1970s, where they later spent their retirement years.
Jean was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown, where she was a longtime manager of the church’s gift shop and a beloved member of the life transitions support group. She is survived by her daughters Sandy Swift and Dr. Lisa Heuvel, her sons-in-law Lt. Col. Richard Swift (VA ANG, Ret.) and J.J. Heuvel, Jr., her grandchildren Lisa Rose and Dr. Sean Heuvel, her granddaughter-in-law, Katey Heuvel, and her great-grandchildren, Lauren Rose, Sean Heuvel, Jr. and Emma Heuvel. In addition to her husband Gene, Jean was also predeceased by her grandson Trevor Swift.
Jean’s funeral will take place at 11am on Friday, April 20 at Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Church Street, Yorktown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the Heritage Humane Society.