|Tammy Comalander Milton was for all who knew and loved her one of God’s caring people. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, December 29, 1942. It was there that she met Spiller--he a Centenary student and she completing her high school education. They were married on July 10, 1962. Spiller took his bride to their first parsonage in Boyce where he was the summer student pastor. Their early years together included seminary at Emory and Iliff. Tammy was ever at his side as helpmate, confidant, and gracious hostess in pastorates throughout Louisiana and Arkansas. She also worked with Spiller in the mission field at Dulac Community Center.
During their years together, Tammy and Spiller opened both their homes and their hearts to many. Often times, you would find someone living with them for one reason or an-other. Her hospitality extended to the church family as well as to the community. Tammy is best remembered in many congregations as a gracious hostess, welcoming people to the church or parsonage for a delicious meal and delightful fellowship.
Tammy had a very compassionate nature. She nourished her desire to help people by working in the field of health care. Tammy pursued her dream of becoming a nurse and completed the course for licensed practical nurses while in Crowley. Twice before she had begun to study nursing but was interrupted by a change in pastorates. She combined her nursing and her work for the Lord serving as Home Health Visitor in Dulac, as camp nurse and as nurse for UMW School of Christian Mission. Tammy was also active in the hospice movement. She felt her gifts best used in nursing the terminally ill.
Her two sons, William Thomas (Tim) and Jeffery Matthew (Jeff) were her pride and joy. Tammy knew when her time on earth was growing short and she was so thankful that her sons had become fine young men. In preparing for the end, Tammy was sustained by her strong faith in God, was thankful for the life she had been granted, and was able to let Spiller, Tim, Jeff, family and friends know of her faith and love.
Death came as a friend at 6 a.m., Saturday, November 10, 1990. Rev. Mrs. Carole Cotton-Winn and the Rev. W. W. Smith led a celebration of Tammy’s life for her multitude of friends. I celebrate because she is my friend and her faith sustains me until we meet again.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1991, p. 245 By Judy Rountree|