Melissa Schout

November 29, 1970 – November 3, 2016

Melissa Sorber Schout graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist High School in the class of 1988.  She later lived in Chicago before settling in Flowery Branch, Georgia outside Atlanta.  Schout was employed with RxSleep and was survived by her spouse Alicia Addington.

Grand Rapids Press, November 6, 2016

Carole Stoneking

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March 28, 1937 – February 3, 2016

Carole Lynn Stoneking was raised in Grosse Pointe, received her Bachelor’s at Wayne State University, and in 1967, she earned a scholarship to pursue her Masters in recreational leadership.  She had a 27-year career with the YWCA and later owned the Stress Management Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Columbia, South Carolina.  Stoneking also served on the steering committee for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

The Reporter, June 2016

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Atiba Cohen

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May 6, 1943 – March 20, 2016

Roseville resident Atiba Nosakhere Cohen, formerly of Inkster, supported the Forum Foundation, served on the board of directors of Karibu House, and was active in the formation of SAGE Detroit.  Cohen was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual LGBT Older Adult Summit in Detroit in 2016.

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Ruth Ketchum

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June 18, 1929 – April 28, 2016

Gobles High School graduate Ruth Evonne Ketchum attended Western Michigan University and worked for many years at Upjohn pharmaceuticals.  She played on the Brodys competitive fast-pitch softball team as catcher.  Ketchum also took part in Kalamazoo’s annual Pride parade, attended Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and belonged to Phoenix Community Church.

Kalamazoo Gazette, May 1, 2016

Colleen Brewer

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December 7, 1957 – January 3, 2016

Born in Milan, Colleen Brewer attended Northville High School and worked at Northville Labs, before she moved to Virginia in 1982.  She was employed for 33 years as accounts receivable manager for CACI International.  Brewer was survived by Kim Memeger, her partner of 17 years and wife of 45 days.

Detroit News, January 14, 2016

Carolee Moss

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August 10, 1939 – January 9, 2016

Northville resident Carolee Moss earned a Bachelor’s in speech pathology, taught elementary school, and raised her family in New Jersey, Maine, and New York before landing in Ann Arbor.  She earned a Master’s at Wayne State University and retired from Detroit Medical Center.  Moss was an early member of Suburban Women Together and was active with the Senior Koffee Klatch at Affirmations.

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Sherry Redding

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May 22, 1936 – June 14, 2016

Born in Redding, Maine, Sherry Redding earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from Michigan State University.  A longtime counselor, for many years she taught women’s studies at William James College at Grand Valley State University.  She was also a founding member in 1978 of the local lesbian organization Aradia.  Redding and her spouse Karen Clahassey shared 36 years together.

Grand Rapids Press, June 16, 2016