Patricia Labardee Scott

August 25, 1926January 6, 2021

Patricia "Pat" Labardee Scott, 94 years old, slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus on January 6, 2021 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Born on August 25, 1926, Pat was the oldest of the seven children of Norbert Frey and Edna Buchert Frey. Pat grew up in Cincinnati, OH where she graduated from Mother of Mercy High School. Upon graduation, Pat was employed by Cincinnati Bell Telephone, first as an operator and then as a customer service representative. She met Jim Labardee in 1949 at Jack and Jill Ranch in West Michigan during an outing for Michigan Bell Telephone employees. Pat and Jim fell quickly in love and married in Wyandotte in 1950. The couple built their first home and had their four children on the island of Grosse Ile, MI. Soon they moved to a historic home in Dearborn which was originally part of the Dearborn Arsenal in the 1800’s. Pat and Jim’s love of antiquing and interior design aided their renovations on the historic property. Pat and Jim were members and regular attendees of the Sacred Heart parish in Dearborn, where Pat served for many years, including as president, in the Sacred Heart Tabernacle Society of women volunteers. Pat worked in Dearborn at Jacobson’s Department Store, starting as part-time seasonal help; through her perseverance she advanced to a supervisory role over numerous departments. She was well known for her knowledgeable and dependable service.

After Jim’s passing in 1988, Pat spent many years visiting grandchildren, volunteering, and seeing friends. While volunteering with Arbor Hospice, Pat met Ross Scott, and together they hosted Arbor gatherings for bereaved spouses. In 1996, Pat and Ross married and continued their shared passion for volunteering. Pat went on to be the volunteer manager of the Oakwood Hospital Gift Shop in Dearborn for several years. Pat and Ross traveled the world with their Nomads travel group and had many adventures together. She moved to Byron Center in west Michigan to be near family after Ross’ passing in 2012. Pat brought sunshine to the lives of the many new friends she met while living as a resident at Railside Assisted Living Center.

Pat was best known for her warmth, grace, wry sense of humor, compassion, and strong faith. She will be remembered for her generous spirit and kind and loving nature, often shared in her remarkable ability to create the most memorable holiday and birthday dinners!

Pat modeled for all of us the rare and precious qualities of being slow to anger and quick to forgive. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and friends could not have hoped for a more wonderful and loving companion than Pat; she will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered always.

Pat is survived by her four children Lorin Labardee (Eileen), Larie Labardee, Lynne Foley (Ed), and Lyle Labardee (Susan); six grandchildren Ian Labardee (Shelby), Ansen Labardee (Katelyn), Ross Labardee (Ashley), Shawn Foley (Amber), Hannah Labardee DeYonge (Taylor), and Connor Foley (Claire); seven great-grandchildren Perin, Evie, Wilson, Kam, Addie, Carlin, and Baby DeYonge. She is also survived by three siblings Brother Thomas Frey, CSC, Order of the Holy Cross Brothers, Paul Frey, and Rita Owens.

Pat was preceded in death by her first husband, James (Jim) D. Labardee; second husband, Ross C. Scott; three siblings Don Frey, Cal Frey, and Sr. Naomi Frey, OSF, Oldenburg Sisters of St. Francis.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Patricia Labardee Scott Memorial Fund, care of Cook Funeral Home, 2067 84th St., SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Plans are underway to dedicate a park bench or other place of reflection in one of Byron Township’s beautiful, wooded parks. Messages of memorial may be made at


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Denise Sakowicz ( née Sobol)

January 19, 2021

Pat was my manager at Jacobson’s, where I worked while I was in high school and college. She was a great manager. She always made you feel welcome and appreciated. She handled all the problems with customers with grace and pleasantness. After I graduated, I worked at Oakwood Hospital. I would see her at the gift shop and we would chat like we were long lost friends.
Pat was always friendly, caring, fair and classy. She will be missed.
May God welcome her into the heavenly kingdom.

Millie Bovich

January 15, 2021

Pat, and the whole Labardee family, were wonderful friends and neighbors since 1962. As families we shared numerous happy, exceptional times together. What stands out in my memories is
the many years of our "Farewell to Summer" Labor Day
parties when our families enjoyed banana splits in our yard.
Jim fashioned a beautiful sign reading "Behind the Hedge". I have returned the sign to Lyle and I am told he displays it in his own
yard. Pat and I and other friends also spent many happy days
"antiquing" in Ann Arbor. Pat was a lovely, giving person and I
treasure my memories of our time together. She is surely one of
our dear Lord's new angels.

Elaine Miles

January 11, 2021

Members of Sacred Heart-Dearborn Tabernacle Society offer their thoughts and prayers to the entire Labardee-Scott family. Pat was a very dedicated member for many years and served as our President in 1992.
She will be fondly remembered by each of us. May your family memories provide you comfort at this time. Elaine Miles -President
Sacred Heart-Dearborn Tabernacle Society

Mary Oravec

January 11, 2021

Condolences to Patricia's children. I knew Pat as a parishioner at Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn and I got to know her when she was president of our Tabernacle Society in 1992. Pat was a such a beautiful lady and she exuded a quiet but confident air. We appreciated her willingness to lead.