Ciara La’Shae White

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October 22, 1987 – January 10, 2013

Ciara La’Shae White was musically inclined at a young age, playing clarinet and bass clarinet in the concert and marching bands at Ruddiman Middle School in Detroit and taking part in the marching band, as well as junior ROTC, at Mackenzie High School.  She was a beloved member of the LGBT community and the Ruth Ellis Center.

Stinson Funeral Home

Floyd Spikings

April 16, 1916 – February 17, 1991

Kalamazoo resident Floyd James “Jim” Spikings was born in Lawton, worked for the railroad in Chicago, and served in the Army during World War II.  He later worked as an assembler for the Kozy Coach Company in Kalamazoo and for many years was employed by Musselman’s apple orchards cooperative in Paw Paw.  Spikings was also a correspondent with the homophile organization ONE.

Paw Paw Courier-Leader, February 22, 1991

Kerstin Monroe

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September 21, 1978 – August 2, 2011

Kerstin Monroe graduated from Webberville High School and was employed with the Riverwind Assisted Living facility in Williamston.  She lost her life a month before their planned wedding when a car she was riding in was hit by a semi-truck that failed to stop.  Monroe was survived by her fiancé Courtney.

Lesbian Connection, January/February 2012

Oliver Sipple

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November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989

Oliver Wellington Sipple was born in Detroit, grew up in Royal Oak, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970, including a tour-of-duty in Vietnam.  After leaving the military, he moved to San Francisco, where he could live a more open gay life.  On September 22, 1975, Sipple made headlines and history when he prevented an attempted assassin from shooting President Gerald Ford.

New York Times, February 4, 1989

Radiolab story on Oliver Sipple

Heather Higgins

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January 29, 1956 – January 20, 2011

West Bloomfield resident and University of Michigan football fan Heather Louise Higgins hosted popular Port of Call parties at her home on Middle Straits Lake, enjoying water skiing and riding on her pontoon.  Since 2003, she was the owner of Tis Herself Entertainment.  Higgins died from cancer at age 54.

Lesbian Connection, July/August 2011

Victor Line

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February 11, 1956 – April 8, 2014

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Victor Line was longtime co-owner with his life partner Robert Wiley of Tradewinds nightclub and Triangle World bookstore in Kalamazoo.  Both were also strong supporters of what was then known as the Kalamazoo Gay/Lesbian Resource Center.

Kalamazoo Gazette, April 10, 2014

Cindy Everling

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August 18, 1946 – January 14, 2011

Cynthia Susan Everling, known to friends as Cindy, graduated from Pontiac Central High School and studied philosophy at Oakland University, with additional studies at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.  She was a case manager and grant writer for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.  Everling resided in Ann Arbor with her partner of 28 years Lin Jacobs.

Ann Arbor.com