Beth was born in Phoenix, NY , the daughter of Molly and John Mullen, on January 3, 1916. In January of 2016 she celebrated her 100th birthday with a gathering of 26 family members.
Beth was a graduate of Phoenix High School and Oswego Normal School where she received a teaching certificate in elementary education. While teaching in Phoenix, she met John Bernard Labourr whom she married on June, 23 1941. They moved to Hudson Falls when Bernie took a job as a biology and chemistry teacher at Hudson Falls High School. Here they remained to raise their family and later enjoy retirement together.
Beth postponed her teaching career until her children were grown. She then returned to teaching kindergarten at Maple Street School in Hudson Falls. She loved teaching and reluctantly resigned when her husband retired believing she should be available so they could spend time together and travel. Bernie loved to get behind the wheel and go! They travelled throughout much of the United States and Canada visiting friends and relatives .
She was the consummate home maker creating traditional Sunday dinners for the family; always included were her delicious homemade pies. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday, and she enjoyed making the Thanksgiving dinner for the extended family until the age of 92, even by herself after her husband died. Every holiday was an occasion to gather the extended family.
Their camp on Lake George was the hub of family gatherings in summer. Each June Beth and Bernie would load up the car and move to “camp.” Here they hosted family and friends most every weekend from July through September wanting to share the lake they loved with their guests. On Labor Day weekends Beth would prepare a complete turkey dinner for the family and whatever guest might drop in.
Beth loved to dance! Music was in her soul having played both piano and cello in her youth. For many years she took aerobic dancing at the Glens Falls YMCA. She and Bernie were a team! For several years they were members of the Merry Mohicans Square and Round Dance Club and for two years served as co-presidents. They made many wonderful friends in this group some of whom also shared their love of bridge. Beth and Bernie were bridge partners in a few different couples’ groups. Beth also enjoyed duplicate bridge at the Queensbury Hotel and the Queensbury Senior Center and was a long standing member of the ladies’ “Thursday Bridge Group.”
Beth was predeceased by her husband of 58 years and her parents as well as two sons, infant son, Stephen Labourr, and James Roger Labourr . Her sisters, Margaret Mullen Madey and Julia Mullen Boulet also predeceased her as did brothers-in-law, Donald C. Labourr and Reginald H. Labourr.
Beth’s surviving family includes her three children and their spouses: Judy and Bob Judge of Queensbury; John and Anne Labourr of Queensbury; and Donald and Lil Labourr of Seattle, WA. Her beloved grandchildren are: Dr. Stephen Judge (Gretchen) of Rochester, NY; Dr. Jennifer Judge of Delmar, NY; and Dr. David Judge (Elizabeth)of Queensbury; Christine (Bill) Feerick of Amsterdam, NY ; and Julie (Dave) Lapham of Saratoga, NY; Jenna Labourr of Seattle; Aubrey Labourr, of Los Angeles and Derek Labourr of Seattle. Beth always enjoyed young children, and her great grandchildren were a special joy to her: Danny, Brian and Matthew Judge; Elizabeth and Katherine Nagy; Kaylin and Jason Feerick ; and Cole Judge. Beth also leaves behind her nieces, Molly Carroll of Buffalo, NY and Kathleen Moran of Scituate, MA; and her nephews, Mark LaBourr of Arkport, NY and Harvey R. LaBourr of Rochester, NY.
The family wishes to thank Nancy Tracy, Dawn Winney, Ruth Carson, Yeanda Tracy and Mariann Carra and Linda Rosati for their kind and compassionate help; Beth’s wonderful neighbors, including Marlene Santoro, and her dear friends, Lil and Ralph Nicolson. You each enriched her life.
Friends and relatives may call between the hours of 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Carleton Funeral Home, 68 Main Street, Hudson Falls.
A funeral service will take place at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Thomas Babiuch, officiating.
The Rite of Committal follow at Pineview Cemetery in the town of Queensbury.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Hudson Falls Free Library , 220 Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or High Peaks Hospice, 79 Glenwood Avenue, Queensbury, NY 12804.