Charalane “Laney” M. Hoxter, was born on March 22, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware and was called from labor to rest on January 23, 2019 at Union Hospital in Elkton, Maryland. She was the third child of Naomi “Tookie” and Norman “Joe Ghost” Hoxter. At an early age, Laney learned the value of a “hard” day’s work and faith in God. She often reminded her friends of her first job at Gino’s.
Laney was educated in the public schools of Wilmington and was a proud graduate of George Gray Elementary School and P.S. DuPont High School. She was a co-founder of the George Grey Elementary Reunion Committee and an active participant in the P.S. DuPont Dynamiters reunion. She pursued postsecondary education and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her Master of Education degree from West Chester State University. Most recently, Laney was near completion of the Doctoral Program at Morgan State University.
While at the University of Delaware she was a member of the charter line of the Mu Pi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc in 1975. Through the sorority, Laney developed lifelong friends with whom she held mutual devotion.
Laney enjoyed an extensive career in higher education. She held leadership positions at West Chester State University; Delaware State University; Delaware Technical Community College; Lincoln University; Jobs for Delaware Graduates; Salem College and most recently at Cecil College for 24 years. Laney’s jobs were labors of love and the positions she held allowed her to pour love and inspiration to her students, colleagues and the community.
On January 10, 1988, Laney gave birth to the joy of her life, Jonathan Jay Hoxter. During his formative years Laney carried Jonathan to many meetings or social events in which she was involved.
During her leisure time she enjoyed games, the beach, Atlantic City, her sorority and her family. As demonstrated through her work with the NAACP as the Second-Vice President and Education Committee Chair, Laney was a champion of diversity and social justice. She was the creator of “Unity in the Community” which is held annually at Cecil College. Laney was also one of the first recipients in the history of Cecil County to receive the Maryland State Teachers Association Community Award. Her hard work and dedication culminated in her receiving this distinguished award.
Equally important, Laney poured an immeasurable amount of love into her family. Most often when you saw her, it was in the company of one or both of her sisters, Sharon and Anita.
Laney will be remembered as a true friend, confidant, source of motivation and encouragement, and a doting mother. She was a compassionate aunt; sister-in-law and sister- friend. She had a great sense of humor, giving out gag gifts and doing practical jokes.
Laney was preceded in death by her parents Norman “Joe Ghost” and Naomi E. “Tookie” Hoxter; her brother, Dennis Hoxter and Henry Swain (Jonathan’s father).
She leaves to cherish her memory, her son Jonathan Hoxter; sisters, Sharon Bryant and Anita Golden Hoxter (Lenell); a niece, Shakara Hoxter; five nephews, Victor Bryant, Jr. (Jane’t), Bobby Bryant, John Hoxter, Anthony Hoxter, Erick Hoxter and a host of family and friends.
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