In heartfelt memory


Michelle was born in Jackson Mississippi, where she spent her childhood. After graduating from high school, she moved first to Beaumont, and then to Houston to connect with a larger art community. Michelle attended Rice University, graduating in 1971 with a B.A. in Anthropology & Art History. She stayed at Rice to study Psychology, achieving her M.A. in 1978.

Michelle became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1982, and a Licensed Supervisor for LPC’s in 1996. She graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest with a Masters of Divinity in 1985 and was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Montana. Michelle qualified as a Diplomate Jungian Analyst in 2004 and practiced as a Jungian Analyst while also serving in the Episcopal Church ministry. Michelle was also a lifelong multimedia artist, creating various works in drawing, watercolors, oils, printmaking, and textiles.

Michelle married William Colville, author and filmmaker, on September 15, 1995. The couple lived happily in Red Rock, Texas until Bill’s passing in 2020. Michelle resided in Red Rock when not traveling, practicing psychotherapy wherever she was, and served her Episcopal Church ministry until her death. Michelle was cherished by a broad array of friends, many of whom also attended Rice University, as well as by her colleagues, her fellow Episcopalians, and the clients she served. She was a woman of remarkable talents and an indomitable spirit despite life’s challenges.

Michelle died on November 6, 2023, in Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is survived by Caley Palmeiro, her devoted companion. Michelle also leaves behind her four adoring dogs and her many friends. At her request, in lieu of flowers, direct donations to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, website