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Michelle Isobel Roads

Michelle Isobel Roads died at her home in Tiburon on March 4, 2015 following a brief illness.

Michelle was born in Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 4, 1924 to Elizabeth and George Ferguson.

After immigrating to the U.S., she lived in Los Angeles, where she worked at The Dow Chemical Company, enjoyed body-surfing at Manhattan Beach and ventured into the emerging sport of scuba diving. After her marriage to David "Dusty" Roads, the couple moved to Tiburon in 1962, where Michelle developed many new interests and a rich circle of friends in tennis, gardening, sculpting and bridge. Her passion for marble sculpting took her to Italy to work near Carrara, a highlight life event producing a notable work. In recent years, Michelle volunteered at Old St. Hilary's and enjoyed sharing her knowledge about the building's architectural details, as well as the treasure of native wildflowers that are found in the preserve.

An avid world traveler throughout her life, Michelle gravitated to places of natural beauty and austerity, treasuring her multiple trips to the Arctic and Antarctic the most highly. Michelle loved poetry; one of her favorites, A Vagabond Song, by fellow maritimer Bliss Carman begins: "There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood/Touch of manner, hint of mood;/And my heart is like a rhyme,/With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time."

Michelle was a friend and helpful neighbor in her community, quick to smile and enjoy a small witticism; she will be greatly missed by many.

Michelle was preceded in death by her husband David. She is survived by her daughter Susan "Dusty" Roads and stepdaughter Gwen Brookins (Brook). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. At her request, there are no services planned; her ashes will be interred in the Presidio of San Francisco. A Life Celebration is pending; for more information call 925-399-2988. Donations may be made in her memory to support the Tiburon Landmarks Society or the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

(Published March 18, 2015)

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