Jean Davenport Moretti died April 25th at her home surrounded by her family and friends. A lifelong resident of the city of Alexandria, Jean was born on October 20th 1927. She was the daughter of Monroe Milton Davenport, and Rosemary Sweeney. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother Milton Davenport, and her husband.
Jean attended Saint Mary School for grade school and Saint Mary's Academy for high school. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1949 and entered the US Department of State.
She was eventually assigned to the American legation in Beirut, Lebanon in 1951 as an attache with the Point Four Program, the predecessor of the Agency for International Development. In Beirut, she met and fell in love with her future husband John Moretti Jr. They were married in 1954 at Saint Rita Church in Alexandria and embarked on a devoted and loving marriage of 61 years. They raised three children: Reverend Mark Moretti, Rosemary Coakley, and Scott Moretti. Jean is survived by her children and six grandchildren Lauren, Christina, Rebecca, Samantha, Olivia, and Jack, her son-in-law Michael Coakley, and daughter-in-law Tamyra Moretti.
Jean retired from the Foreign Service in 1978 and enjoyed many years of travel around the world with her husband John. She was a gourmet cook, excellent bridge player, and avid Redskins fan. She was devoted to her Catholic faith and daily Rosary. She will be fondly remembered by all who loved her for her Irish charm, great sense of humor, and joy of life.
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