VAN BUREN - Simone F. Labbe, 84, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014 at a Van Buren healthcare facility. She was born December 5, 1930 in Fort Kent, a daughter of the late Belonie and Anna (Martin) Fournier.
Simone owned and operated "Simone Shoes" a shoe store in Van Buren for many years. She was a devoted mother who took loving care of her sons for many years. Simone was also an excellent cook and had several recipes published in local cookbooks. Singing was a passion of hers and it gave her great joy. As a parishioner of St. Bruno-St. Remi Church she sang with the church choir and was the principle soloist for hundreds of funeral services, weddings and other events. She proudly recorded three albums with the St. Bruno Church Choir and previously made several recordings with "The Fournier Sisters." Simone rarely had the opportunity to travel, but was thrilled to go with her daughter to visit her sister in Arizona, and do some sightseeing, especially the Grand Canyon.
She is survived by: a daughter, Vickie Labbe and her husband Michael Doyle of Portland; two sons, Kurt Labbe and Troy Labbe, both of Van Buren; a brother, Robert Fournier and his wife Laura of Hamlin; many brothers and sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and her two cats, Gigi and Cricket. Besides her parents, Simone is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Donald A. Labbe, in 2011 and several siblings, including Claire Merritt, with whom she was very close.
Simone's family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Borderview Rehab and Living Center for their exceptional care during the time she was a resident.
A Catholic Memorial Service for Simone will be announced in the Spring by Lajoie Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com