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Roberta Shields McCoy, a beloved mother, nurse, and adventurer, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2024, at the age of 87. Surrounded by her loving family, Roberta’s journey with dementia came to a gentle end, marking the end of a full and deeply cherished life. Born October 19, 1936, in Colusa, California, to Marshall and Ann Shields, Roberta grew up on a farm in Meridian with her older sisters, Elizabeth Phillips and Marcella Hardy. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1959 and went on to work as a nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and UC San Francisco Hospital, touching countless lives throughout her career. She met her husband, Tim McCoy, on a ski trip in Tahoe. The couple married in 1969 and began their journey together in San Francisco before settling in Lafayette, California. Their family grew with the arrival of two sons: Michael in 1970 and Peter in 1972. An avid traveler and nature lover, Roberta shared her love of the great outdoors with her family. Her adventurous spirit led her on numerous travel adventures and occasionally to Marshalls discount clothing store to find the latest bargains. In the kitchen, Roberta was an exceptional cook who loved sharing her famous scones and plum jam and hosting parties for her friends and family. She enjoyed spending thousands of hours volunteering at schools, at LASF and at the library bookstore. Family was the cornerstone of Roberta’s life. She took great joy in her roles as mother to Mike and Pete McCoy, mother-in-law to Alyssa Brown McCoy and Michaela Keller McCoy, and grandmother to Ellie (24), Ryan (24), Megan (22), Keller (17) and Lily McCoy (15). Her love extended beyond her immediate family to a wide circle of friends whom she cherished. She loved her sister Marcella, her neighbors who were like family to her, her friends from nursing school, her Pilates group, the Symphony clique, the SMARTS investment club, the Orinda Hiking Club, and so many others. In her final years, Roberta was blessed with the care and love of an incredible support system. Her family extends its heartfelt thanks to the dedicated people who helped make her final chapter comfortable and filled with love. Roberta Shields McCoy’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those she touched. She will be sorely missed and remembered forever.