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January 21, 1923 - March 3, 2017

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday, March 6 at 5 pm, concluding with a Trisagion Service at 7 pm. The funeral will be held on March 7 at 11 am at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 507 South Westnedge Avenue.

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Ethel Anne Scott, age 94, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at Cascades Senior Living in Midland, Michigan. Ethel was born January 21, 1923 in Kalamazoo and resided there for 91 years before moving to Midland to be near family in 2014. Ethel was the eldest of three daughters born to Paul and Christina (Lagen) Skoubes, and she belonged to the first generation of American-born children of Greek immigrants. Ethel’s Greek heritage and her devotion to the Greek Orthodox Church defined her life. Ethel graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1941 and worked as a secretary in several offices downtown. Fittingly, she met her future husband, George (Skartsiaris) Scott, at Christmas church services in Kalamazoo, and they married June 3, 1945. Together, Ethel and George owned and operated the Chick-In Restaurant followed by Scott’s Restaurant, both downtown. Ethel and George sponsored the immigration of many family members from Greece to America. Extended family members lived with them and also worked at Scott’s Restaurant. All went on to become productive and successful members of their communities. Ethel’s involvement with the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was extensive. She was a member and officer of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and the Daughters of Penelope, sang in the church choir and served as organist for close to two decades. Ethel’s baking skills were legendary, and customers would consistently request her Greek pastries at the annual bake sale. Ethel also served as a Red Cross volunteer at Bronson Hospital’s Information Desk for 22 years. Ethel enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, Scrabble, hot fudge sundaes and nearly all forms of chocolate. She was an avid reader of the Kalamazoo Gazette and completed thousands of the paper’s daily crossword puzzles throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, George, who died in 1988; by her sisters Mary Lou Kamberos and Betty Baryames, and her parents. Ethel is survived by her children and their spouses, Terry (Jeanne) Skartsiaris of Dallas, Texas; Paul (Diane) Scott of Midland; and Angela (Don) Sheets of Midland. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren (Krista Scott, Alexis Robinson, Taryn Scott, J.D. Sheets, Alexandra Skartsiaris and Andrew Sheets), 4 great-grandchildren (Danica, Emma, Evan and Riley) and her special nephew, William Petropoulos. The family would like to thank the professional and loving staffs of Cascades Senior Living and Southern Care Hospice for their compassionate care of Ethel.