Ju­dith Ann Stone Ghoneim

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE — Ju­dith “Judy” Ann Stone Ghoneim found peace on De­cem­ber 12, 2018, after a three and a half year bat­tle with ovar­ian can­cer. She was full of life, never one to com­plain, a stu­dent of the world, a book­worm, a spunky glo­be­trot­ter, a fre­quent the­atre- goer, a pet-lover, an Abo­rig­i­nal art col­lec­tor, and a lov­ing wife, mother, grand­mother, sis­ter, aunt, and friend to all.

A na­tive New Yorker, Judy was born on Sep­tem­ber 7, 1933, to Evelyn and Mark Stone. She was the proud older sis­ter of fra­ter­nal twins, Alan and Caryl. After high school, she took a stu­dent ship from New York to Am­s­ter­dam for the sum­mer, ig­nit­ing a life­long pas­sion for travel. She at­tended Queens Col­lege of the City Univer­sity of New York and did grad­u­ate work at Columbia Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Lon­don.

A for­ever-fran­cophile, Judy moved to France in her mid-twen­ties, where she worked for Ra­dio Free Europe and sold news­pa­pers on the Champs- El­y­sees. From the Gobi Desert to the Galapagos, her trav­els took her all over the world. A chance bus ride in Egypt led her to the love of her life, the late Na­bil Ab­del Ghoneim, a young doc­tor and son of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of Egypt. After months of cor­re­spon­dence via post, they se­cretly mar­ried in the fall of 1960 and later shared a for­mal cer­e­mony with Na­bil’s brother Adel and his wife Makaram on Jan­uary 5, 1961.

Judy lived with Na­bil in Cairo for four years, where she taught English at the Amer­i­can Col­lege for Girls. There, they wel­comed their first daugh­ter, Cather­ine. After a short stint in the Congo, where he was serv­ing as a mil­i­tary doc­tor, Judy and her fam­ily moved to New York, where they had their sec­ond daugh­ter, Mag­gie. They then moved to New Haven for Na­bil’s re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at Yale Med­i­cal School and then to Fayet­teville, North Carolina, where he served as Chief of Ra­di­ol­ogy at the Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion Hos­pi­tal. Judy lived there for 19 years, dur­ing which time she com­muted to Raleigh, where she earned a Mas­ters of English Lit­er­a­ture at North Carolina State Univer­sity and then served as an English in­struc­tor. As the mother of an Arab-Amer­i­can fam­ily in the South, Judy faced many ob­sta­cles but forged friend­ships that last to this day.

After the pass­ing of her beloved hus­band in 1988, Judy moved to Char­lotte. She found a home at the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church and was a loyal vol­un­teer at Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal, at the Blu­men­thal Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, with the Red Cross, and for Friend­ship Trays. Even with her own med­i­cal chal­lenges, she al­ways gave so gen­er­ously of her time and trea­sure to those in need. In Char­lotte, Judy fos­tered deep re­la­tion­ships. She reg­u­larly played with her mahjong group and was a ded­i­cated mem­ber of her book club, the Book Club Babes, even as she fought can­cer. She played Scrab­ble with the in­ten­sity of an NFL line­backer, chal­leng­ing ev­ery word with her handy “OED,” the Ox­ford English Dic­tionary. For her eight­i­eth birth­day, she zi­plined at the White­wa­ter Cen­ter. Judy loved to show her grand­chil­dren the world and said the “best trip of her life” was a boat tour of Alaska with them this June.

Judy is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Evelyn and Mark Stone, and her hus­band, Na­bil Ab­del Ghoneim. She is sur­vived by her daugh­ters, Cather­ine Ghoneim Whit­ney and Mag­gie Ghoneim Ross; her brother and sis­ter, Alan J. Stone and Caryl S. Pareja; her sons-in- law, Frank D. Whit­ney and Randy D. Ross; her grand­chil­dren, An­nie Whit­ney, Hunter Whit­ney, Will Ross, and Oliver Ross; her sis­ters- and brothers-in- law in the US and Egypt, John N. Pareja, Ilse J. Stone, Mona Mo­barak, Amira Ghoneim, Magda Ghoneim, Adel Ghoneim, and Makaram Ghoneim; her nieces and neph­ews, Mar­got Stone- Condry, Suzanne Ci­colello, Danielle Langhoff, Ja­son Pareja, Mo Mo­barak, Ay­man Mo­barak, Tarek Ghoneim, Dina Ghoneim, Mo­hamed Ghoneim, and Ahmed Ghoneim; their spouses; and many, many dear great-nieces and great-neph­ews around the world.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 2 PM on Wednes­day, De­cem­ber 19, at the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church of Char­lotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Road, Char­lotte, NC 28211. In lieu of flow­ers, we ask that you con­sider mak­ing a do­na­tion to the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church of Char­lotte.

We miss Judy and are com­forted by the fact that she lived a full, ad­ven­tur­ous, and joy­ful life.

Carolina Fu­neral Ser­vice &

Cre­ma­tion Cen­ter is en­trusted.

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