Angelina Winn

 

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January 11, 1970 – October 25, 2019

Angelina Marie Winn graduated with the class of 1988 from St. Francis High School in Traverse City.  After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she went on to have a 20-year career as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections.  Winn and her longtime partner Tara Kelley were found dead in their Kingsley home in a tragic murder-suicide.

Covell Funeral Home

Traverse City Record-Eagle, December 4, 2019

Susan Bright

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October 10, 1953 – December 15, 2019

Toledo, Ohio native Susan Sharon Bright graduated high school in 1971 and worked for Chrysler Motors for 30 years.  A University of Michigan sports fan, she also enjoyed biking and fishing.  Bright resided in Temperance with her loving wife Betty Jackson.

J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home

Zan Alley

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January 9, 1940 – July 12, 2019

Farmington Hills resident Zan Alley attended high school and college in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Michigan where she taught high school in Royal Oak for 17 years.  She later worked as a director with the Michigan Education Association, negotiating more than three dozen union contracts.  Alley was survived by her partner and wife Murphy Ayers.

Detroit Free Press, July 21, 2019

Ann Sorrell

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September 2, 1936 – December 26, 2019

Kentucky native Ann Sorrell moved to Detroit at age seven.  She sold bakery goods, worked as a postal worker, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve before earning her B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.  She taught the hearing impaired in the Ann Arbor schools.  Sorrell and her life partner Marge Elde were among the first lesbian couples married in Washtenaw County in June 2015.

Ann Arbor News, January 9, 2020

In Memory of Ann Sorrell

Alice Anderson

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September 4, 1993 – June 11, 2019

Grand Rapids resident Alice Joy Anderson was born in Holland.  Anderson’s creativity drew her to mythology, literature, music, architecture, history, and photography, and a passion for LEGO building blocks.  Her studies took her to India and Iceland.  At age 16, Anderson entered Hope College, where she worked as a set carpenter in the Theater Department and earned her B.A. in studio art in 2016.

Holland Sentinel, June 21, 2019

James Brown II

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August 2, 1960 – February 11, 2019

James Osmond Brown II, known to customers and leather community members as Diamond Jim, grew up in Highland Park and graduated from Detroit’s Cass Tech High School.  Over the years, he held such titles as Mr. R&R, Mr. Leather Detroit, and Mr. Michigan Leather and in 1994 helped form the Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association.  From 2001 to 2010, Brown operated Diamond Jim’s Saloon.

Between The Lines, March 7, 2019

Lisa Ortiz

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June 2, 1966 – February 21, 2019

Lisa Maria Rodriguez Ortiz was born in Chicago and as a teenager moved to Michigan, where she graduated from Okemos High School and attended the University of Michigan and Boston College.  For 26 years she taught Spanish at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor.  Ortiz resided in Ypsilanti with her daughters and wife Julia Marvin.

Ann Arbor News, February 28, 2019