SOUTHPORT — Tamara Crolley Miles, 76, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021. She was born Aug. 22, 1944, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to Richard and Hazel Crolley. She went to Winthrop University and received a master’s degree at the University of South Carolina. She started her career as a high school and elementary school teacher in South Carolina. She married Dale Cansler in 1972 and moved to Pennsylvania to work at Merck Pharmaceuticals, where she was trained as an industrial engineer.
These prior experiences created the desire to run her own business. She founded Cansler Investment Group and, for over 25 years, became a highly successful real estate developer and property manager. She was particularly interested in providing low-income housing in the Coatesville, Pennsylvania, area. In 2012, she won the coveted Rebecca Lukens Award for her many contributions and leadership in the Coatesville community.
After a wonderful 35-year marriage to Dale, she lost him after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She married Daniel S. Miles on Feb. 20, 2014, in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She continued to run her business as well as started to enjoy retirement back home to her roots in the South. She was an avid golfer, accomplished tournament bridge player, devoted member of her book club, wine connoisseur and gourmet cook.
Tamara was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Crolley; son, Eric Dickson Cansler; and dear friends, Barbara Poole Peterson and Ryan Hovis.
Tamara is survived by her loving husband, Daniel S. Miles; daughter, Kristen Cansler Sparks, and her husband, Andrew; daughter, Linda Cansler Colasanti, and grandchildren, Christian and Caleb Colasanti; daughter-in-Law, Laurie Cansler, and grandchildren, Cole and Shelby Cansler; son-in-law, Christopher Miles, and his wife, Alicia, and grandchildren, William and Laurel; son-in-law, Peter Miles, and his wife, Caitlin, and grandchildren, Avett and Zoe; sister-in-law, Debbie Crolley; niece, Emily Anderson, and her husband, Kevin; nephew, Britt Crolley, and his fiancé, Katie Caviness; and great-niece, Savannah Crolley.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 7, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service with Clay Weed of Generations Church officiating. For those unable to attend in person, a livestreamed video will be available at 2 p.m. A recording of the service will also be available online after services on the Peacock-Newnam & White’s Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute to a charity of your choice.
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