June 6, 1929 – March 14, 2016
From 1948 to 1954, June Ann Peppas played first base and as a pitcher with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, including the Battle Creek Belles and the Kalamazoo Lassies teams. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University and later operated PJ’s Printing in Allegan with her life partner of 46 years, Polly Huitt.
TC Palm, March 20, 2016
February 7, 1923 – February 20, 2012
Flint resident Alice G. Miller operated her own photography business and in 1982 retired from General Motors after 28 years with the company. She was among the many people who attended gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s.
Flint Journal, February 23, 2012
September 3, 1931 – December 26, 2007
A native of Allegan, Marietta “Polly” Huitt earned her B.S. and M.A. from Western Michigan University and taught at Nazareth College and in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. She and her life partner June Peppas later operated the JP Printing Company in Allegan before retiring to Florida in 1990.
TC Palm, December 30, 2007
November 13, 1945 – November 29, 2013
Longtime Hudson resident and devoted Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan fan Cheryle Hudson was owner and operator of the Heritage House Adult Foster Care and later the Uptown Kafé.
Adrian Daily Telegram, December 3, 2013
November 25, 1909 – December 12, 1973
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Ceciline “Babe” Franklin co-operated Ellis and Franklin Printing with her longtime partner Ruth Ellis, with whom she also co-hosted house parties that added vitality to Detroit’s black LGBTQ life in the 1940s and ‘50s.
No known obituary.
April 9, 1991 – June 12, 2016
Tevin Eugene Crosby owned and operated the Saginaw marketing firm Total Entrepreneurs Concepts. He was killed in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 at age 25.
Between The Lines, June 30, 2016