Born on March 16, 1921, long-time Staten Island resident Gloria Amoury died peacefully at home in Manhattan more than 100 years later, on September 13, 2021. Daughter of the late Dr. Emanuel Amoury and Hannah Balish Amoury, Gloria grew up in Port Richmond, attending Notre Dame Academy High School and earning a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a Master’s degree from Columbia School of Journalism.
A writer by profession, Gloria published short stories in a number of anthologies and in such national publications as Redbook and the Saturday Evening Post. Her story “Come into my Parlor” was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock’s “A Choice of Evils” and was later remade for television as part of the Orson Welles Great Mysteries Series. For many years, Gloria served as executive secretary for the Mystery Writers of America, and she taught fiction writing and tutored aspiring authors. Gloria was also an avid table tennis player; she played into her 90s and garnered countless trophies.
Gloria adored her family and relished her Syrian-Lebanese American roots. She is predeceased by her parents, brother (Robert Amoury), double-first cousin (Raymond Amoury) and numerous beloved aunts and uncles. She is survived by her niece, Nancy Amoury Combs, and grand-nephew Robert Combs, both of Virginia, along with a battery of cousins in Kansas, Virginia, New York, the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom, among other locations.
Burial will be held on Friday, September 24th at 1 p.m., at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Staten Island. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 25th at 10 a.m., at Church of the Epiphany 375 Second Avenue (corner/22nd St) Manhattan. Arrangements were handled by Cherubini McInerney Funeral Home, 1289 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY.
St. Peter's Cemetery
52 Tyler Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310
Church of the Epiphany
375 Second Avenue (corner/22nd St) Manhattan