Kristin Cookson

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August 2, 1943 – February 13, 2017

Port Huron native Kristin Cookson attended Jackson High School and earned her B.S. in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University in 1965 and the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from MSU in 1967.  She and her wife Suzanne Marie Lohrberg were together 49 years.

Kalamazoo Gazette, February 19, 2017

Polly Huitt

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

Bella Bruinekool

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November 3, 1999 – May 19, 2013

Weeks after posting a YouTube video describing herself as a lesbian, eighth-grader Isabella “Bella” Bruinekool took her own life.  An honor roll student at Milwood Magnet School in Kalamazoo, she enjoyed reading, skateboarding, photography, baking, and her friends.

Between The Lines, June 6, 2013