302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Ann Taylor Tansey

Ann Taylor Tansey, age 74, passed away at Country House in Greenville, DE on June 2, 2019 following a brief illness. Ann was born in Wilmington, DE in 1944.

Ann was a graduate of Brandywine High School (1962) and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware (1970) and a Master of Science in Taxation from Widener University (1984). Despite being mathematically gifted and born into a family of engineers, Ann was discouraged from becoming a mathematics or engineering major as, she was told, those were not appropriate courses of study for women. She then switched her focus to accounting, eventually becoming one of the first, if not the first, female Certified Public Accountants in the state of Delaware. Having obtained her degrees, and with her innate drive and determination, Ann started many successful business ventures, most recently as a founding partner of Daniels & Tansey, LLP, one of the area’s first multidisciplinary financial ensemble firms. Ann found her work so interesting and rewarding that she could never quite believe that people paid her to do her job. Her dedication to client service was unparalleled and many continued to request her services after her retirement in 2013. Ann was a strong proponent of women’s rights, serving as the national treasurer for the National Organization for Women in the 1970’s and as the president of the local chapter of the Quota Club, an international businesswomen’s group. She was extensively involved in the business community as an active member of the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants, Brandywine-Naamans Rotary Club, Wilmington Tax Group, Wilmington Women in Business, and a founder of the Fund for Women. After moving to Country House in 2017, Ann quickly became involved in her new community, serving as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Ann was pre-deceased by her parents, Bayard J. and Eloise Taylor. Ann is survived by her beloved husband of 40 years, William J. Tansey; her loving daughter, Deborah L. Miller and spouse, Adam G. Landis, and two grandchildren, Noah and Emma Landis, of Wilmington, DE; her step-daughter, Deborah Petrucci (Danny), and granddaughter Alison, of Wilmington, DE; her step-son, Michael Tansey, and grandchildren Aubrie and Liam of Newark, DE; her “baby brother” Wayne Taylor and his wife, Kay, of Newark, DE; and her first husband, Richard L. Miller of Havertown, PA.

Ann loved to travel and visited all 7 continents with her loving husband, Bill. She adored spending time at her home in Dewey Beach, watching sunsets over Rehoboth Bay, picking crabs and relaxing, whether at happy hour with friends or visiting with family. Ann had a wide circle of devoted friends with whom she enjoyed attending Jimmy Buffet concerts and vacationing or visiting in Naples, FL, the Outer Banks, N.C., and Mexico. Ann was modest, matter-of-fact, kind, honest, and generous. She enjoyed fine dining, gourmet cheese, inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc, Woody’s crab cakes, and most of all, a chocolate cake from Bing’s Bakery with decorator frosting and extra roses. Ann’s love for horses and horseback riding was renowned; she learned to ride as a child and renewed her passion in the 1980’s, riding her beloved horse, Babe, with her husband next to her on Aggot. Ann’s grandchildren were the light of her life and she rejoiced in all their accomplishments.

In lieu of flowers, you kindly are requested to make a donation to Planned Parenthood of Delaware or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services

Visitations will be held at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 6th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A funeral service will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m. and a burial thereafter at Union Hill Cemetery, 424 N. Union St., Kennett Square, PA.


    Peggy and Larry Killeen writes,
    Bill and Family: Ann was a gifted, kind and generous person who will be greatly missed. We knew when we heard the mallet on the crabs she was doing something that made her happy as she sat looking out over the bay with you and her friends. Ann was a very strong person with great integrity and no one could ask for a better neighbor, Our prayers are with you Bill, and your family, and know that Ann is in a safe place and pain free. Peggy and Larry Killeen
    06/05/2019 06:55 am
    Irma Jane Lewis lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bill and family, Ann was a former classmate of mine and someone that I was very fond of. I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We are out of town but our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Jane Lewis
    06/05/2019 09:47 am
    Mary Berger writes,
    Dear Bill & family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Ann’s passing. It is difficult to believe the reality that her earthly form has left us. Ann’s Spirit will be with you and us forever! She did much to make this world a better place for us all. Hang on for now because Real love stories never have endings. With my heartfelt sympathy, Mary Berger
    06/05/2019 10:40 am
    Pat Frantz lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in peace, old friend.
    06/05/2019 12:46 pm
    Donna and ray lit a candle and writes,
    Bill so sorry For your loss of ann we always loved you guys coming to Florida to her house our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    06/05/2019 05:05 pm
    Liz and Dennis Greenhouse lit a candle and writes,
    Best friends for more than 60 years. Heartache forever. We are so, so sorry for your loss.
    06/06/2019 08:21 am

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