Daphne Althea Swaggerty, 96, of Montclair, affectionately known as "Hun", was born March 6,1921 in Easton, Maryland, daughter of the late Walter and Carrie Rasin. She departed this life on February 11, 2018.
Daphne was raised by her grandparents due to an early death of both parents. She received her early education at the Easton Public Schools in in Talbot County, Maryland. Later she attended Bowie Normal School in Bowie, Maryland, which is now known as Maryland University. She graduated with honors receiving a B.S. degree in elementary education. Later she attended New York University where she received a Masters Degree in Education. Daphne was employed by the Newark Board of Education in 1950. At this time it was very difficult for blacks to get a job in this field. She was the first black to work at an all white school, Hawthorne Avenue School in Newark, NJ, where she worked for 38 years. She retired in 1988. After her retirement she worked as a supervisor of student teachers at Kean University in Union, NJ for 11 years.
Daphne was a member of the New Jersey Education Association, the National Teacher's Association, the Essex County Retired Teacher's Association, the NAACP, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She also served on the Parich Council of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church for many years.
Daphne leaves to cherish her memory a son, Kellice Jr., nephews Bruce Moaney of Mitchelville, MD and Eric Moaney of San Diego, CA; devoted and loving niece Daphne Matthews; and a host of family and friends.