Deceased wife of Sam Hayes. Michelle Hayes (née Thurman) was killed in the early days of the Fall by her neighbour, and is survived by her daughter Sarah Hayes. Born in 1967 in Pine Bluff to a wealthy cotton farmer and landowner, George Thurman, Michelle was expected to first go to college for her education and then to marry a son of one of the wealthy men her father knew. Though she did neither – Michelle eloped with Sam, who she met at a dance, in 1987, then worked as a waitress to support them and then Sarah. Sam and her father never saw eye-to-eye, and her father never quite forgave her for marrying a ruffian like Sam.