Qudsia (Holazada) Ahmad, 88, died at her home in Forty Fort on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.
Mrs. Ahmad was born on August 5, 1921, in Jerusalem, to an assistant to the Ottoman Governor of Palestine.
She was a graduate of the Women’s College of Jerusalem. She became an educator and the first woman radio broadcaster in Jerusalem.
In 1947, she married Hassan Ahmad, a Palestinian American merchant, and, in 1948, they moved to Forty Fort to the house in which she raised her four children and remained to the end of her life.
Active with the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, Mrs. Ahmad was a popular confidante to young women in Luzerne County. She also lectured at schools and churches about her Palestinian homeland and her Muslim religion.
Mrs. Ahmad is survived by her sons, Dean Ahmad and his wife, Frances Eddy, of Bethesda, Md.; Maher Ahmad, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Malek (Mack) Ahmad and his wife, Lynn Karnofsky Ahmad, of Dallas; and Hani Ahmad and his wife, Lynn Hopkins Ahmad, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and her grandchildren, Zachary Ahmad, Marlee Ahmad, Amanda Ahmad, Abby Ahmad and Arlo Pignotti; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
A closed-casket viewing, memorial service and Janaza (Muslim funeral) prayer will be held at Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, on Friday. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The memorial service is from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., and Janaza is from 2:30 to 3 p.m.