Mrs. Margaret Ann Taylor Miles, 79, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023. One of five children, Margaret was born June 9, 1944, to the late Eldred Marshall Taylor and the late Agnes Marilyn Bull Taylor.
Margaret grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the small town of Sign Post, where everyone knew her as Margaret Ann. She graduated from Atlantic High School, class of 1962, and received her bachelor’s degree in education from James Madison University and master’s degree from Salisbury University.
She remained close to the Lord throughout her life, attending Sign Post United Methodist Church as a child. After moving to Parksley, she became a faithful member of Grace United Methodist along with her husband and children.
Margaret was a longtime member of Soroptimist International of Accomack County and Prince William County. She was passionate about the work they did and grateful for the many friendships shared.
Throughout her career as an educator, Mrs. Miles worked in both Accomack and Worcester counties, serving as a teacher, mentor, principal, and administrator. After retirement, she continued to be an advocate for our children as a member of the Accomack County School Board. Mrs. Miles devoted much of her life to inspiring and encouraging her students and colleagues. She set the bar high and pushed everyone to meet their potential, perfectly balancing order and discipline with kindness and respect.
Though exceptional in the eyes of many, she was extraordinary to her family, all of whom she loved completely and unconditionally.
In addition to her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her husband, James Warren “Jimmy” Miles; brother, E. Thomas “Tommy” Taylor; and sister, Barbara Lois Taylor.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Christopher Miles, of New Church, and Lynne Carter and her husband, Ryan, of St. Augustine, Fla.; sister, Janet Cope and her husband, David, of McLean; brother, Donald Taylor and his wife, Lynn, of Salisbury, Md.; grandchildren, Benjamin Ross, Lily Miles, Sally Carter, and Miles Carter; and many nieces and nephews.
To honor Margaret’s wishes, her family will gather privately for interment at the Remson United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pocomoke City, Md.
Should friends desire, contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to Soroptimist International of Accomack County, c/o Mrs. Betty Kerns, P.O. Box 89, Locustville, VA 23404.
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Arrangements are by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.