Sue Brooks

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January 17, 1947 – December 16, 2020

Lathrup Village resident Susan Catherine Brooks moved to Michigan from Pennsylvania in the 1970s.  She earned her M.A. from Central Michigan, and worked for various Girl Scouts councils, the YWCA in Flint, and the YMCA in Detroit.  Brooks was also involved in the early lesbian organization Moonrise and with Paws with a Cause.  Her partners Martha Charles and Kathryn Wright preceded her in death.

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Betty Martin

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March 29, 1948 – September 20, 2018

Betty Jane Martin, a lifelong Caledonia resident, graduated from Caledonia High School and earned her MSW from Grand Valley State University.  Her career encompassed worked with the YWCA, Pine Rest Christian Hospital, and her brother’s dairy farm.  Martin served as board president for Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church in Grand Rapids where she also played drums in the church band.

Grand Rapids Press, September 23, 2018

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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