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In Memoriam: Janice Holton

Campus remembers retired conference coordinator

Janice Mae Badura Holton, a University of Delaware alumna who worked in UD’s Conference Services for 23 years, passed away on Sept. 13, 2020, surrounded by her family after a long, brave battle against myelodysplastic syndrome. She was 88.

Janice Holton
Janice Holton

Ms. Holton began working at the University’s conferences office in John M. Clayton Hall in 1972 and she retired in 1995 from the position of conference coordinator, a job that she loved, her family said.

Freda Reynolds, now benefits coordinator in Compensation and Benefits, worked with Ms. Holton in the early 1970s. “Janice was so nice and helpful,” Reynolds said. “She did everything she could to obtain and schedule conference rooms for anyone that was in need of a meeting place. She was a wonderful colleague.”

Ms. Holton was born and raised in Kohler, Wisconsin. She married Rodger  (Rod) Lovett Holton in 1952 and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1956. They traveled the world for his job with postings in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sydney, Australia, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Kenvil, New Jersey, returning to Newark in 1972.

After retirement, she traveled extensively, volunteered with many organizations, read, painted, gardened, completed every Saturday and Sunday New York Times crossword book on Amazon, bowled, played a lot of golf and even more bridge.  

Ms. Holton’s family notes that her impact on the world was far too extensive to be summarized in a few short paragraphs and that she will be missed terribly by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her children, Michael (Carla) of Budd Lake, New Jersey, Robert (Mary Sue) of Newark, Delaware, Cynthia Spellman (Martin) of North East, Maryland, Susan of Wilmington, Delaware, and North East, Maryland; grandchildren, Ian and Hannah; and her faithful canine companion, Casey. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Wilma Badura; brother, Robert; and by her husband, Rod.

Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held sometime in the future. Condolences may be left online.

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