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Judith French Donai

1946 - 2021


Judith, or “Judi” as she was known by friends passed away at Mission Memorial Hospital on Friday, May the 28th.  She was the bank manager at SunTrust Bank in Fort Lauderdale, Florida prior to moving to Arden, NC in 1986.  She is survived by her husband of 47 years, James Donai, and their children, Sean French Gipson, Morgan and Catherine French, and Steven and Jennifer Donai.  She is also survived by her brother, Douglas Guy, and his wife Carmen.  She had five grandchildren: Jessica Bell, Caimen and Marina French, and Teagan and Holden Donai, and two great-grandchildren: Tristan and Korbin Bell.

Judi loved to wear nice clothes and have her nails done.  She lived her life according to Emily Post always presenting a polished demeanor and running a proper household.  She had many interests including sewing and needlepoint, keeping saltwater and freshwater fish tanks where she bred angelfish and guppies, growing orchids and herbs, and she loved her dogs Angie who preceded her in death and Max the Shitzhu.  In her later years she spent her time researching her family tree on  She will be missed by family and friends alike.

Per her wishes, there will not be a Memorial Ceremony.  The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors and nurses and all who were involved in her care of the 5th floor E wing Mission Memorial Hospital.  Also, a special thank you to the caring folks of Hospice who also provided outstanding care during this difficult time.

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June 20, 2021 11:23 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and with loving memories of Judith,
I remember her to be very nice and always hospitable the summer of 1979, when I was hanging out with Sean and Morgan.
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Barbara Money

June 10, 2021 11:25 AM

I enjoyed getting to know Judi and reconnecting with her on Facebook.  She was a special lady and she will be missed. I always enjoyed being with her at our Sunday School Christmas parties. Prayers and hugs to the entire family.

Amy Louise Barnard Longmire

June 9, 2021 7:48 PM

She will be greatly missed. She always reached out and made me feel like a part of the family. May this tree forever represent her loving heart.
Amy Louise Barnard Longmire

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