Marion Elizabeth(Beth) Labourr

HUDSON FALLS – Marion Elizabeth(Beth) Labourr LaBourepassed away peacefully Monday, September  18, 2017 at the age of 101 surrounded by her loving family.

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.

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8 Responses to Marion Elizabeth(Beth) Labourr

  1. Tawn Miller Driscoll says:

    I had Mrs. Labourr for kindergarten. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing but looks like she lead a wonderful life! You know how there is that one teacher that makes a lasting impression…that was her. 50 years later I remember my report card said “Tawn still does it know her right from her left ” and you know what. I still have problems to this day haha! She was my first teacher and a wonderful person . God Bless

  2. Kim-Marie Winchip says:

    Prayers from the DuPrey/Winchip Family❤️

  3. To all of the Labourr family,
    It is with great sadness that I read about the passing of your wonderful mother. I have very fond memories of the times that I spent at your camp on Lake George and she was always smiling and gracious. In later years, I would often pass your mom on our morning walks, going in opposite directions, but she would always stop for a chat to catch up. A truly great lady. May the love of family and friends help to comfort you in the coming days.
    Laurie Irvine Kuba

  4. Mary Jane (O'Leary) Relyea says:

    Don and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. Have thought of her often and wondered how she was doing. She had a wonderful life and family. Will be unable to attend services as I will be out of town visiting granddaughter. Please know I am thinking of you.

    Mary Jane

  5. Carol Davis says:

    Judy and I went to high school together and Beth was the coolest of all my friends’ moms! For the past decade or so I would come up from Woodstock and the three of us would have breakfast at the Silo. Beth was kind, interesting and funny . I will especially miss her signature laugh. She was a treasure and will be missed.

  6. Carol Davis says:

    Judy and I went to high school together and Beth was the coolest of all my friends’ moms! In more recent times I would come up from Woodstock and the three of us would have breakfast at the Silo. Beth was kind, interesting and funny and had such a signature laugh. She was a treasure and I shall miss her very much.

  7. Dave Putnam says:

    Judy, John, Don and your famiies,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. What wonderful memories I have from all the time I spent at 17 N. Oak and at Tall Pines. She made the absolute best peanut butter cookies! She always had ways of keeping us entertained as small children, from Kool Aid stands to circuses in the backyard or a garden hose with a sprinkler attached. Later years we had long conversations on the patio or porch at the camp. Her laugh was infectious. She was a great lady. I hope your great memories will help you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.

  8. Gunnar Erickson says:

    Judy, John, Don and your families,
    You’ve been truly blessed to have shared your Mom’s love and joys for so many years.
    What moves through us now is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why our loved ones leave this earth so soon, or why they leave before we’re ready to say good-bye, but little by little we begin to remember not just that they died, but that they lived. And that your Mom’s life gave you memories too beautiful to forget.

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