Thousands of people in Michigan have died of COVID-19, but to us they're more than a number. They are mothers and fathers, essential workers, colleagues and friends. We are telling the stories of loved ones lost. Share the story of someone you have lost: 
Myron Emmanuel Lett, 71, had a heart of gold, and helping less those fortunate by delivering food baskets and other necessities. He graduated from Eastern High School in 1967 and retired after more than 30 years from @DTE_Energy. Mr. Lett died March 25 
To say that Darrin Cato worked as a security guard at Detroit’s Opera House almost belittles the role he played at the job he loved. He cared for the job and the people who worked there almost as much as he cherished his family. Cato, 53, died March 26. 
Nicholas Nathaniel James Sr., 81, born in in Detroit’s black bottom neighborhood, served in the @USArmy and retired from the @CityofDetroit after 30 years. Mr. James, a snazzy dresser, was active member at St. Paul AME Zion Church. He died March 30. 
Martha Detrich, 81, was a mother, wife, optician, winemaker and seamstress. She collected antique furniture and refinished several pieces.
She remained a @OhioStAthletics fan even after living in Michigan for more than 40 years. Mrs. Detrich died March 31. 
Julena Gay, the sister of state Rep. Sherry Gay Dagnogo, D-Detroit. Gay, 63, lived in Detroit and worked for @Chrysler. She died April 14. 
Otis Knapp Lee, 72, a retired Detroit restaurateur widely admired for serving up massive corned-beef sandwiches at his former Midtown deli called Mr. Fofo’s — and beloved for giving away thousands of Thanksgiving turkeys to all who lined up — died April 5 
Clifford "Cliff" Taylor Jr., 72, began his career with @MichStatePolice in 1978 and retired in 2003 after serving at the Flint, Battle Creek, Northville and Metro North posts. Taylor, who also served in the @USArmy, died April 18 
Bishop Clarence Leslie "C.L." Morton Jr., 77, was pastor at Windsor's Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church and Detroit's Mt. Zion Tabernacle. "The hole that's left here from him could never, ever be filled by another human being," his wife said. He died April 11 
Willie Mae Sheard, 84, had a nurturing and caring spirit, but also was a tough, straight-shooter. The wife of Bishop John H. Sheard, pastor of Greater Mitchell Temple Church of God in Christ, Mother Sheard was also a COGIC leader. She died April 19. 
Florence Coleman Owens, mom of 4, cared for countless others while working as a licensed practical nurse at @DMC_Receiving then as a social worker, probation office manager at Wayne County Juvenile Court. She died April 14, one day before her 90th birthday 
Milan Stevanovich, 56, made his mark spotting economic trends and helping translate them into opportunities benefiting Michigan. The entrepreneur was also known for his creativity, his big smile and ability to bring people together. He died April 17 
DJ Mike Huckaby, whose soulful, studied work made him one of the prominent early figures in Detroit techno and house music, died April 24 after a lengthy hospitalization. He was 54. 
Ali Salaam was more than a father to Tony and LJ. He was more than a trainer who guided Tony to a WBC light middleweight championship. He was a father-figure at SuperBad Boxing Gym giving life advice and offering a helping hand. He died April 20 at 59 
Carol Sue Rubin, mother of 2, was known for her near photographic memory. She loved travel, MahJong, crossword puzzles, word games, funny cat photos and laughing with friends and family. Rubin died, 69, died two days before her 70th birthday March 28 
Darrin Adams, 51 a custodian at @waynestate for nearly 6 years, received a posthumous bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Originally from Wayne, Michigan, Adams, worked with @detroitamus boarding up abandoned Detroit homes. He died April 3 
Mark Aubrey Jones, 48, was a landscaper and graduated from Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, where he lived most of his life. He leaves behind three sons: Brendan, Colton and Kaden. Jones died March 25 
This past Holy Week is the first time in 51 years that John Angelopoulos, 82, was unable to celebrate at the Chant stand. He lived in Livonia with his wife, Aspasia, who died April 4. He died April 10 
John Waden, 54, beat thyroid cancer in 2014 and fought acute myeloid leukemia after a stem cell transplant from his brother, Carl. "Big John" enjoyed having barbecues and watching @GamecockFB. Waden died at home April 2. 
Marion Lucille Kujda, 92, was a homemaker, office worker, devoted mother and doting grandmother. Kujda, known for Cherries Jubilee at Christmas, was also a self-taught artist using chalk and oil paints to make family and pet portraits. She died March 28 
Anthony Szczygielski, 69, a photographer who worked with a long list of Detroit businesses, took one of the area's well-known photos, the large baseball and glove at @tigers' @ComericaPark. Tony, soft-spoken, kind and riotously funny, died April 12 
At the age of 70, after 42 years, Raymond Mitchell, reunited and married the love of his life Betty. They originally dated in the early 70s, but decided to go their separate ways. Mitchell died March 30. He was 73 
Clida Ellison, 82, bore 5 sons: 1 became a doctor, 4 earned law degrees. Ellison shared her Creole upbringing and crab stuffing recipe in a 2014 segment of @CookingChannel's "My Grandma's Ravioli" hosted by @MoRocca. A devout Catholic, she died March 26 
Rev. Nathaniel Slappey Sr. and his son Nathaniel Jr. shared a name, commitment to God and family. Slappey Sr., Detroit's New St. Luke Baptist Church pastor, died April 30. Slappey Jr., girls hoops coach at @DCDSchool, graphic artist, designer, died May 2 
Former state Sen. Morris (Mo) Hood III, 54, went from @Ford's assembly line to Michigan's House and Senate. Says @SenatorSantana: "One of the things I always remember him saying is that life is short and don't forget to hug your loved ones." He died May 11 
Edmon and Gwendolyn Carmichael met as teens and were married for 53 years. Edmon (Clint), 79, retired from @Chrysler after more than 30 years, died April 13. Gwendolyn (Gwen), 72, had master's degree in social work from @waynestate, died April 14 
Abdelfattah Abdrabbo, 65, a Palestinian born in a village near Jerusalem, immigrated to the U.S. at 20. He put his 6 kids through college and graduate school working tirelessly at his import/export store. The devout Muslim and prayer leader, died April 27 
James Andres, 60, was known for his generosity, artistic talents and lavish dessert tables at the holidays. Andres, a @detmercy graduate, once co-owned a restaurant in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He worked on the frontlines as a cashier at @kroger and died May 10 
Josephine Sampson, 75, never met a stranger. She was a "Mom” to everyone. Sampson dedicated her life to Christ, volunteered at her church’s weekly food bank and sang in its gospel group. She sang like an angel, her son, David, said. Sampson died March 26 
Ruben Burks, 86, was the 1st African-American @UAW secretary-treasurer and a Walter Reuther appointee. “Ruben was a fighter for civil rights, a fighter for a fair wage,” Flint pastor Chris Martin said. “He was truly a legend in this city.” He died April 6 
Silas Walter Brister Sr., 80, had many titles: comedian, friend, cook (believed if food was left over, somebody didn’t get full), mentor, gardener and political analyst. Brister, married to wife Dorothy for 51 years, retired from @Ford. He died April 3 
Robert Charles Bazzell, 88, was an auto exec who worked at @GM and @Chrysler and led projects around the world. Bazzell, who was a paperboy and built model airplanes as a kid, enjoyed genealogy, travel, golf, skiing and boating as a adult. He died April 9 
Fred Westbrook Jr. recently retired as president of Detroit's bus drivers union. "Fred was a tireless advocate for the safety of his members and championed many of the steps we took to improve safety," @MayorMikeDuggan said 
Natasha Price, 47, was the person you went to when you needed a smile. She had the ability to get along with anyone around her, a natural people person who loved to express herself through fashion and arts and studied design at @CAU. Price died April 5 
John Stubits, 96, was president of the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation of Detroit for more than 50 years, spoke Hungarian, English, Portuguese and Spanish and was a civil engineer at @Ford. He died April 24 
Garyn Hammond, 31, studied computers at @EasternMichU and was employed by @comcast. He loved to repair computers and cars and mow his lawn. In recent years, he acquired a following on @YouTube under the name Battery Geek. Hammond died April 14 
Jack Collis, 93, was @USNavy veteran and attended Michigan State College. Collis, who proudly worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit, was an active retiree who skied into his 70s and played softball into his 80s. He died April 23 
Known as “King” Alexander Harvey, 89, he owned King Upholstery in Detroit. He was an avid bowler, ushered at St. Charles Church in Detroit and loved banana pudding and fried chicken wings. Harvey died April 7, less than a month before his 90th birthday 
Margaret Wiedyke, 92, was a teacher and world traveler from Beverly Hills. She wrote poetry and one poem was published in the “Chicken Soup for the Christian Family.” She died April 15, the same day her great grandson was born 
Cynthia Gutowski, 70, retired as a para-professional from @LivoniaDistrict. She enjoyed walking, quilting, baking and taking boat rides Up North. She loved to travel and visited all 50 states. @rodstewart was her favorite musician. Gutowski died April 20 
David R. Stitt, 87, was a loyal Dearbornite. He grew up in Dearborn, graduated from @DearbornHS, raised his family in Dearborn and retired there. He was also a Lincoln Continental enthusiast, owning a 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV. Stitt died April 10 
Isiah McCray, 78, a retired pastor and leader of Jordan Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, also worked and retired from McLouth Steel. "He loved to travel and really loved his church," said his wife of 23 years Patricia. He died April 7 
Attorney Arthur Bowman Jr., 65, a lifelong Detroiter, leaves a legacy of service to his community. "Art" practiced law for 35 years and was one of the founding attorneys in 2007 of the Juvenile Law Group where he represented children. He died May 1 
Nick Sherman Edwards Jr., 59, of Detroit wore many hats: pastor, principal, administrator, mentor. Edwards, an educator for more than 20 years, served three years as administrator for New Testament Christian Academy founded by his father. He died May 6 
Frances Webb, 99, was a social worker and classmate of Damon J. Keith at @WVStateU. She became pen pals with fellow Delta Sigma Theta soror Kim Trent in her late 70s, a friendship Trent treasured. Webb, who would have turned 100 Dec. 5, died May 9 
Wanda Woodward, 82, who had a smile that lit up a room, worked at Hutzel Hospital's nursery for more than 25 years and retired in 1983. Last year, she was crowned homecoming queen at The Park at Trowbridge in Southfield where she lived. Woodward died May 8 
James Henry Harper, 80, was a gifted athlete, and was awarded a full sports scholarship to @CentralState87. He and his wife Barbara Ann had 8 children. Harper worked at @Ford Dearborn Engine Plant for 33 years until his retirement in 1997. He died March 24 
George and Helen Turner, married for 68 years, met in Arkansas when he was 7 and she was 5 years old. They lived a life full of faith, hope, love and patience. Helen, 87, died April 28. George, 89, died April 6, four days before his 90th birthday 
Briana Davis, 19, loved to smile, take selfies, style hair and put on makeup. She was the 2nd oldest of 9 siblings, known for her positive attitude and caring soul. “Auntie, do you think I’m going to be OK?” were her last words to an aunt. She died May 7 
Reva Booth, 86, was born in a poor W. Va coal mining town, raised in a dirt-floor cabin with 8 siblings. She got her GED from @Detroitk12 and helped others get theirs. Mom of 3, Booth was also a live-in caregiver for the elderly. She died May 16 
Carrie Lynne Patrick, 43, was special education teacher for @Lapeerschools for 18 years and earned two master's degrees in education from @oaklandu and @UMich. Patrick, a wife and mother of four boys, died Aug. 4 
Friedell Kert-Wolson, 91, worked in @Detroitk12 schools where she instilled a love of language arts and literature with her students. She loved her family, enjoyed studying family genealogy, traveling, reading, and playing the organ. Wolson died May 3 
Both were born and raised in Detroit, and both loved spending time with family, cooking and traveling. Marc Garland, 49, of Novi died April 3, just four days before his mother, 84-year-old Ruby Garland — affectionately known as Mama, Big Ma and GG — died 
Jason Scott Sr., 43, an aspiring stand-up comedian from Detroit, always had a smile on his face. “He was so funny," said his wife Tina. "That’s one of the main things me and the kids miss about him." Scott, who worked at @MGMGrandDetroit, died March 31 
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