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Alice Joyce Hosford Dalby Laney

March 23, 1930 — February 20, 2024

Live Oak, Texas

Alice Joyce Hosford Dalby Laney, of Live Oak, TX, formerly of Daingerfield, TX, passed away in her home on February 20th at the age of 93 with her three sons by her bedside.  She will be laid to rest at the Masonic Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, TX, next to her parents at a future date. 


Mrs. Laney was born on March 23, 1930 in Earlsboro, OK, to Charles Raymond and Marie Hosford. She grew up in Mount Pleasant, TX, and graduated there with the class of 1948.


She met and married Billy H. Dalby and they raised three sons Bruce, Bryant & Roy in Daingerfield, TX. Being the dedicated mother she was, she served as Cub Scout Den Mother and although she only had sons, she became a Girl Scout Leader as well. Mrs. Laney worked for several places in the community. She served as Secretary at First Methodist Church in Daingerfield, worked as Daingerfield High School Secretary to Principal Sam Johnson and worked at T&N Railroad where she met and married Jimmy Laney. They moved to Midland and then later to San Antonio where Jimmy opened and ran T&N scrapyards until his death. She also worked in accounting and as an assistant for Jaffe Enterprises San Antonio where she retired. 


Mrs. Laney was a devoted mother who loved her family. She exhibited the traits of being strong and independent and was a great cook. She always found time for the fun things in life and enjoyed playing and hosting Bunco parties with her San Antonio friends. 


A loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Laney was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings Glenn Ray Hosford, Dortha Jean Jones, Jeanette Sanders and also one grandson Scott Langdale. She also had a beloved companion for many years which was her Boston Terrier Shar-B.

Those left to cherish her memories include her children, Bruce W. Dalby & wife Gayle of San Antonio, Bryant D. Dalby & wife Sharon of New Braunfels, Roy H. Dalby & wife Teresa of Daingerfield, and one daughter-in-law Nell Dalby of San Antonio; grandchildren, Leslie Wilson & husband Mark of Mount Pleasant, Lacey Dalby of San Antonio, Molly Morales & husband Kevin of Cayman Islands, Adam Dalby of Texarkana, Jay Dalby & wife Ashley of Longview; great-grandchildren: Trevor Wilson & wife Joanna of Mount Pleasant, Mallorie Stagg & husband Daniel of Longview, Austin and Andrew Morales of Cayman Islands, Treas Dalby of Texarkana; and great-great-grandchild Lyla Wilson of Mount Pleasant. She also had many nieces, nephews, family, and friends along with her caregivers that were an important part of her life. 


Honoring her requests, in lieu of flowers, please remember her with a donation to a favorite charity or perform an act of kindness for someone and think of her.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God has laid you see.

     I took His hand when I heard Him call. I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day. To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone 

     must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, 

     a laugh, a kiss. Oh yes, these things I too will miss. 

Be not burdened with time of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My 

    life’s been full, I savored much. Three wonderful sons, grandchildren, 

great grandchildren, and a loving family, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. 

     Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. 

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.

God wanted me now, He set me free.


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