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Barbara R. Scott, 96, of Birmingham, MI, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Holland Home Breton Extended Care in Kentwood, MI. She was born on April 6, 1924, in Detroit, MI to Howard and Mabel Reid. Barb was married to the love of her life, Stewart C. Scott DDS, who preceded her in death on October 6, 1998. Her parents and family were members of the First Baptist Church in Birmingham, MI.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister whose memory will be cherished forevermore.  She leaves behind her six children, Cindy (Glenn) Scott of Lexington, NC; Val McMurray of Kentwood, MI; Reid (Darcy) Scott of Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mitch (Nancy) Scott of Grifton, NC; Jody Vant Hul of Grand Rapids, MI; and Kirk (Tracie) Scott of Bloomfield Hills, MI; along with 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Barb’s role as mother and grandmother was by far her greatest achievement, leaving a legacy of love and support that will carry us all forward. She was a true example of how to live a rich, adventurous and full life.

Barbara Scott was a lifelong learner. At age 29, she dropped out of Eastern Michigan University after her first baby boy arrived and her husband graduated from U of M dental school. Twenty years later, she finished her undergraduate degree. The “teacher” in her could be seen in the joy she found in substituting in the public schools, directing Sunday school, and serving as a docent at Fredrick Meijer Gardens. The “artist” in her enabled her to enjoy her passion and gift for interior decorating, painting, and performing at the Cheboygan Follies.

Well into her 80’s, she still enjoyed skiing, golfing and/or boating with family.

A private family service will be held at a later date. There will be no formal visitation or viewing.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Jill Schutte on January 7, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I will miss my sweet Aunt Barb. I always had fun when she came visiting. She was a wonderfully generous Aunt to me and a loving sister to my mom, June. Those Reid girls always had a joy for life. They were truly great examples to all they came in contact with. I remember those days during WWII when Barb with Cindy and Val, and June with Jill and Jack lived with Grandma and Grandpa Reid while Stewart and Herb were serving in the Navy. Of course we missed our fathers, but life with the Reids was wonderful. Rest peacefully Aunt Barb, with love your loving niece Jill.

  2. Jenee Schutte on January 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Aunt Barb reminded me of Phyllis Diller. She was always so much fun to be round. I will never forget going to the farm with my brother and the pontoon boat. She was always a delight to be around. I can only imagine how much fun fun her and June are having together. Love ya Aunt Barb.

  3. Erica J on January 8, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! Thank you so much for sharing her with all of us at BEC! We miss her sass, her laugh, her love and yes even her criticisms! My “best friend” was truly a remarkable and beautiful soul! I am keeping you all in my prayers!


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