Mona Sexton

February 21, 2019

Mona Sexton, age 79, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2019 after a valiant fight with lung cancer. Mona was born on August 18, 1939 in Zahle Lebanon and lived in Baghdad, Iraq prior to moving to the United States from Canada in 1976.  She moved to Charlotte in 2018 after spending 37 years in Daytona Beach, Florida where she met her second husband, Bob Sexton and worked as a travel agent. Mona was a loving mother, a dedicated sister, and a true friend to all who knew her. She had a zest for life and a joyful smile that will be missed. 

Mona is survived by her daughter, Nadia Yousif; sister, Layla Daud, her nieces and nephews, Kathy Cope and her husband, Chris Cope, Lisa Daud, Ken Daud and Michael Daoud; great-nephews, Collin and Brendan, and many cousins and close friends, all of whom she loved dearly and touched deeply. 

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, March 8th at 1:30pm at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. in Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carolinas Lung Cancer Fund for Levine Cancer Institute at Atrium Health Foundation, 208 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203,

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


A special note from the family: 

Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women and is the second most common diagnosis of cancer. Lung cancer research only receives 6% of the federal government's money spent on cancer research and sadly, 433 people die everyday.  That is the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing down from the sky. If we catch lung cancer early, it can be treatable. Sadly, it is usually caught too late, as was the case for Mona and my sister, Nada who died at the age of 53 in April 2015.  Our family did not just lose Mona and Nada to lung cancer but we also lost Mona's sister, Samira, her daughter, Mari Ann (48 years old) and her oldest sister, Alice. Early detection is key and the Carolinas Lung Foundation recently created a mobile CT Lung Cancer Screening Bus, the first of its kind in the country.  

It is our hope as a family, that we can continue the good work of the Levine Cancer Center and the Carolinas Lung Foundation by raising awareness, assisting in finding new treatments, and getting more mobile screening buses on the road.


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  • Claudia Penny

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mona's passing. She was such a beautiful, sweet person and I enjoyed all the times I got to visit with her during her dental visits over the past 25 years. I missed her when she moved but I am so glad she was able to be closer to family. Layla, Nadia and all the family please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michele Levy

    Dear Mona, we will cherish your life and legacy. Rest in peace.

  • Pat Massebeau

    Dear Nadia and Family,
    Sending lots of love and prayers your way. Remembering all the adventures we have shared over the years. Love to you, Pat and Tom Massebeau

  • Joseph Carpenter

    I knew Mona through my work with her Late Husband Bob and was always made to feel welcome and loved. I have gotten to know much of her family and they too were nothing but kind to me and have directly and indirectly contributed to my development as man. I owe so much to both Mona & Bob. I only regret not making more time to be with her after Bob passed away. It is times like these that we all should remind ourselves of the truly great people that we know and to emulate their example. I can not make it there for her celebration of life but I will never forget her and she will live on each person she touched. Much love to Mona and her memory!