She was born July 9, 1928, in Terre Haute, the daughter of John R. Means and Rose Etta Powell Means.
She graduated from Staunton High School, class of 1946.
On Nov. 29, 1946, she married Orval Swearingen.
Together, they raised their family in Clay County.
Patty owned and operated "Patty's Beauty Shop," in her home for several years while the children were young.
She later worked as the executive secretary for the administrator of the Clay County Hospital from 1978-93.
The past several years, she was an assistant on the school busses for Clay Community Schools.
One of the strengths that Patty was gifted with was that of caregiver.
She cared for several ladies in the community so they may live out their days in their own homes and most importantly, she cared for her beloved Orval when his health failed.
Patty had memberships in the Order of the Eastern Star No. 80, Jobs Daughters, Bethel Lodge No. 29, Kiwanis, writing club and the Sunshine Club.
She was also a member of the Staunton Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Orval in 2005, and son Rick Swearingen, brothers and sisters Edna Means, Hazel Elder, Alice Webster, Eva Kays, Mary Harmon, Jessie Means, Glen Means and John Robert Means.
Survivors include her daughters Karen Parkey and husband Doug, Brazil, and Marsha Hinsch and husband John, Columbus, Ohio, daughter-in-law Cathy Swearingen, grandchildren Rick (Sherri) Swearingen, PJ Swearingen, Amy Swearingen, John Parkey (Val), Mark Parkey (Amber, and Ramey Furnish (Kevin), Cari Beth Noah (Jeff), and Brett Hinsch (Erin), 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will take place Friday, at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home, with Pastor John Parkey officiating.
Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., and again one hour prior to services Friday.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Staunton Christian Church, Building Fund, PO Box 143, Staunton, Ind., 47881.
Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.