Oct. 29, 1912 — July 17, 2011
Justyn Ruth Law Michelson died at her home in Davis on July 17, 2011. She had been a Davis resident since 1999. Born in Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 29, 1912, she lived in Wichita and Iola, Kan., before moving to Seattle with her parents and siblings as a teenager. She attended the University of Washington while working at various jobs in Seattle and volunteered at the Seattle-area servicemen’s canteen during World War II. While attending the university, she met Elbert Michelson, whom she married in 1942. During her marriage, she worked in sales and raised a family in Seattle.
Active in sports, she enjoyed sailing and played golf and tennis until a neck injury limited her activities. She had an excellent eye for interior design, and friends often consulted her for advice on interior decoration. She possessed extensive knowledge of European art, and following her husband’s retirement in the early 1970s, the two of them traveled throughout Europe and later to Asia, the Middle East, the South Pacific and South America.
After her husband’s death in 1999, Michelson moved to Davis to be near her son and his family. She is survived by her son Paul, her daughter-in-law Mardena, and her grandson Max. She will be memorialized at a family service in Seattle.