Jean was born March 8, 1931, in Texline to Luke Walker and Verna “Billie” Scoggins Walker. She graduated from Seminole High School in 1948. Jean married Ben Patterson in August 1949 at First Methodist Church in Odessa. She attended cosmetology school in Odessa and worked for many years as a hair stylist. Ben and Jean moved to Graham in 1978 and remained married until Ben's death in August 1988. She joined First Presbyterian Church in Graham and worked in the infant nursery.
Jean suffered a catastrophic stroke at the age of 61 and met the challenges of life as a hemiplegic for the rest of her life. She moved to VA to be with her daughter and family and enjoyed her life with family and friends until the last few months of her life.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah; son-in-law, Randy; granddaughter, Corinne; grandson, Jacob; her sister, Alberta Arledge; brother-in-law, Charles Arledge; brothers, Ray Waldrep and Ben Waldrep; as well as her beloved nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.