Cindy Pigeon

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April 9, 1959 – October 10, 2018

Known as “Auntie” to tribal youth in Michigan, Cindy Pigeon of Wayland led workshops on native culture and was active with the Grand Rapids Inter-Tribal Council and the Indian Workers Conference of the United Methodist Church.  She was an avid sports enthusiast, kept score for Hopkins Public Schools, and pitched softball with the Salem Indian Mission team.  She was survived by her wife Faith Pigeon.

Grand Rapids Press, October 14, 2018

William Hirn

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August 26, 1928 – April 12, 2013

Born in Escanaba, William James Hirn earned his Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and did his graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  After teaching in Muskegon and Ann Arbor, he moved to New York State, where he was on the early faculty of Rockland Community College.  Hirn and his life partner of 48 years Joseph Rogers retired to Spain and later lived in Houston and Las Vegas.

Escanaba Daily Press, April 19, 2013

Judith Bohms

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June 13, 1946 – January 25, 2018

Judith Altheo Bohms of Lansing was born in Ypsilanti, grew up in Adrian, and taught elementary school in Charlotte, retiring in 2009 after 40 years in the classroom.  Bohms and her partner of 27 years Lisa Haston sang with Sistrum, the Lansing Women’s Chorus and were active with the Lansing Association for Human Rights.

Lansing State Journal, January 28, 2018

Dolores Harris

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November 28, 1931 – April 16, 2012

Dolores Jan Harris was active with the Genesee County chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  Born in Lansing, she married in 1950, worked as a paraprofessional with Brandon Schools, served as a Girl Scout leader, and sang in the choir of Ortonville United Methodist Church.

Oakland Press, April 18, 2012

Suzie Dowden

April 17, 1934 – January 31, 2010

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Suzanne “Suzie” Dowden majored in physical education at Miami University of Ohio and earned her Master’s from the University of Michigan in 1966.  She taught at Eastern Michigan University and had a varied career of teaching, counseling, and coaching in Detroit, Ferndale, and Kalkaska.  Dowden lived in Traverse City with her partner of 42 years Connie Riopelle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, February 4, 2010

Wanda Jubb

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April 30, 1933 – October 2, 2015

Wanda Hope Jubb was born in Nunica and went on to a distinguished career in education.  She earned her Bachelor’s and two M.A.s from Western Michigan University and her Ed.D. from the University of Alabama.  She taught and coached in the Vicksburg Public Schools and for 24 years served with the Michigan Department of Education.  She was preceded in death by her partner Muriel Van Patten.

Lansing State Journal, October 11, 2015