Elizabeth Prejean

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There is a French saying that everyone should write a book and plant a grapevine. Well, Elizabeth Prejean planted many grapevines when she and her husband Jim Prejean planted their first vineyards in 1979 and while she never wrote a book, if she had it would have been a travelogue.

Elizabeth, who passed away on May 23, 2022, began her life in Huntington, West Virginia on May 17, 1929. In the years between, she visited 5 continents and lived in 11 states. She lived through the Great Depression, WWII and 16 presidents.

After attending Duke University, she became a stewardess for TWA where she began her world traveling. She lived in Queens, New York when there were still farms and then San Francisco when rents were still cheap. She moved to the Midwest to Chicago and Wisconsin and then to Pennsylvania and from there to Louisiana where the crawfish boils and Cajun music of Jim’s roots stirred her into that gumbo. From there they moved to Connecticut where they would commute to the Finger Lakes on weekends while they got their winery going which she ran for twenty years.

She travelled to China, Japan, Australia and Europe, well into her eighties and often times alone. In all of these places it was the local cuisine that was an integral part of her adventures.

She was the parent of three children and helped raise two more. She was a Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

In the end The Finger Lakes was the place where she settled, the place of her church, her loving generous friends and her beloved farm stands.

She was indomitable and will be missed.

Elizabeth is survived by Charles (and his wife Natasha), Margaret (and her husband Jim),Tom (and his wife Amy), Jim (and his wife Linda) and Irene (and her husband Joe) as well as 11 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to Keuka Comfort Care, a place of kindness, tenderness and love. How four walls and a roof can hold so much compassion is beyond belief.

Posted online on June 03, 2022

Published in Penn Yan Chronicle-Express

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Elizabeth Prejean

There is a French saying that everyone should write a book and plant a grapevine. Well, Elizabeth Prejean planted many grapevines when she and her husband Jim Prejean planted their first vineyards in 1979 and while she never wrote a book, if she had it would have been a travelogue.

Elizabeth, who passed away on May 23, 2022, began her life in Huntington, West Virginia on May 17, 1929. In the years between, she visited 5 continents and lived in 11 states. She lived through the Great Depression, WWII and 16 presidents.

After attending Duke University, she became a stewardess for TWA where she began her world traveling. She lived in Queens, New York when there were still farms and then San Francisco when rents were still cheap. She moved to the Midwest to Chicago and Wisconsin and then to Pennsylvania and from there to Louisiana where the crawfish boils and Cajun music of Jim’s roots stirred her into that gumbo. From there they moved to Connecticut where they would commute to the Finger Lakes on weekends while they got their winery going which she ran for twenty years.

She travelled to China, Japan, Australia and Europe, well into her eighties and often times alone. In all of these places it was the local cuisine that was an integral part of her adventures.

She was the parent of three children and helped raise two more. She was a Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

In the end The Finger Lakes was the place where she settled, the place of her church, her loving generous friends and her beloved farm stands.

She was indomitable and will be missed.

Elizabeth is survived by Charles (and his wife Natasha), Margaret (and her husband Jim),Tom (and his wife Amy), Jim (and his wife Linda) and Irene (and her husband Joe) as well as 11 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to Keuka Comfort Care, a place of kindness, tenderness and love. How four walls and a roof can hold so much compassion is beyond belief.

Posted online on June 03, 2022

Published in Penn Yan Chronicle-Express