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Janice Mae Badura Holton

Janice Mae Badura Holton, age 88, of Newark, DE, lost her long, brave battle against myelodysplastic syndrome on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at Christiana Hospital surrounded by family.  

Jan was born and raised in Kohler, WI. She married Rodger Lovett Holton in 1952 and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1956. She and Rod traveled the world for his job with postings in Lancaster, PA, Sydney, Australia, Honolulu, HI and Kenvil, NJ. The family returned to Newark in 1972 where Janice began work at the U of D’s John M. Clayton Hall, rising to the position of Conference Coordinator, a job she loved. She left the University in 1994 and proceeded to enjoy the hell out of 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.  

Janice had an impact on the world far too extensive to summarize in a few short paragraphs. She will be missed terribly by her family and many friends.

Jan is survived by her children, Michael (Carla) of Budd Lake, NJ, Robert (Mary Sue) of Newark, DE, Cynthia Spellman (Martin) of North East, MD, Susan of Wilmington, DE and North East, MD; 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 beloved husband, Rod.  

Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held sometime in the future.  


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  • I had the pleasure of working very closely with Janice for over 20 years at the University of Delaware. She was the Conference Specialist who helped me run a highly successful Volleyball Camp which brought over 500 student athletes to campus every summer for over 20 years! I also had the pleasure of golfing with her in the Senior Golf League! Terrific person, excellent conference specialist, fun golfer and a dear friend! She will be dearly missed by all who knew her! May she rest in peace! Barbara Viera

  • I’m so very sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. I knew Jan from the Newark Senior Golf League and she was a very special lady. We’ve all missed her this year. Not only was she a fabulous lady, but a great golfer too. She is greatly missed. Keep all your wonderful memories of her close to your hearts.
    Sue Emmons

  • Jan was such a great friend. I’ll miss the companionship on our rides to the golf courses and playing bridge! Bill and I enjoyed many Friday Night Dinners with her over the years. Life will not be the same without her.

  • I had so much fun playing golf with Jan. She was determined to keep playing when I played with her in June of this year. We always shared the news of our families. Jan will be missed. I send my deepest sympathy to her family.

  • While I only had the privilege of knowing Jan for a short time, I felt as though we had been friends forever! She was an extraordinary woman.
    She welcomed me into the community as a newcomer and I felt right at home because of her. We shared many interests and even some life experiences which deepened the bond between us. I am grateful Jan came into my life and I shall cherish having known her. She will always be in my memory as a very special friend and human being, as she will be in the hearts of her family and many friends.

  • Janice. Living life to the fullest. A motto I too live by staying active and busy with as much fun as possible. What a great namesake. Rest easy and may you reunite quickly with all you love who passed before you and pass on a hug from me.

  • We lived next door to Janice in Abbotsford from 2003 to 2010 and recall fondly our many backyard chats as we petted her faithful black lab Jenny. Janice was a wonderful neighbor — good natured, helpful, physically and intellectually active – and she took great pride in the upkeep of her lovely home. We are very sorry to hear of her passing.

  • RIP, Jan. You were a great golf cart partner with your never ending enthusiasm and always good humor.

  • I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Janice. I worked with her at the U of D Conference Center and shared an office for many years.

  • My family and I have many fond memories of chatting with Janice on her many walks through our neighborhood with Jenny and Casey over the years. She will truly be missed!