Martha Dauman (Miller) Tappan - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Martha Dauman (Miller) Tappan

January 11, 1934 - January 21, 2024

Martha Dauman (Miller) Tappan, age 90, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024.

Born in Oxford, PA on January 11, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Alan B. Miller, Sr. and Katherine (Runyon) Miller. Martha was a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, MA in 1951 and Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 1955. Her first job was with Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH, where she met her future husband, Carlton. They married on May 31, 1958 in Oxford, PA and later moved to Newark, DE, where they resided for close to 60 years. Martha took on her favorite role as a talented homemaker.

A friend to the community, Martha volunteered many hours at First Presbyterian Church of Newark, Newark Senior Center, and many other organizations. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, taking photographs, walking with friends and researching family history. Martha loved to cook and could often be found in the kitchen whipping up a delicious meal. She also looked forward to traveling to new places.

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her siblings, Alan B. Miller Jr., and Anna Schankel. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Carlton Tappan and her nieces and nephews, Alan Schankel, Weir Schankel, Helen Hilderbrandt, and Harriet Beckert; and many grand and great grand nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 West Main Street, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


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  • Martha was a very special lady and I have many fond memories of her growing up as she and Carlton were good friends with my parents. I saw her a lot growing up at First Presbyterian Church and at her house with Carlton. She served in many ways at church for many years and was always very kind to my family. She and Carlton gifted us a salad bowl for our wedding which we still use and remember them by. I miss her in this world, but know she is in a better place with Jesus now and is free from her suffering.