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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Naila Ramzi Seif

April 27, 1952October 1, 2019
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Naila Seif, 67, beloved sister, mother, and friend, passed away on Tuesday, the 1st of October 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Naila was born on the 27th of April 1952, in Cairo, Egypt. She did her undergraduate studies at Cairo University and graduate studies in Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley. She fell in love with her husband Kamal Guiha in Cairo and they moved together to the United States. She had a long and successful career at HP and was a strong advocate for women in technology. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed for her wit, intelligence, and kind and loving heart.

Naila is survived by her brother, Hani Seif of Paris, France, her son Alexander Guiha and his wife Alena Gribskov of New York, NY, her daughter Isabella Billings née Guiha and her husband Pershing Billings of San Diego, California, and her cousins Mona, Laila, and Mounir Neamatalla of Cairo, Egypt. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kamal Guiha.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at one o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 4th of October, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston with Fr. David Zapalac, CSB, officiating.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family and continue celebrating Naila's life during a reception in the Parlor and Pavilion of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

Kindly note: (As a convenience for those planning on attending the reception, an escorted cortege movement will depart St. Anne Catholic Church en route to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons for the reception).

Private family rite of committal and interment will be held at a later date in Cairo, Eygpt.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in honor of Naila may be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210, or online at the below link.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Reception with the Family Friday, October 4, 2019

Memories

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Mike Nash

October 15, 2019

It has taken me two weeks to be ready to write something here. Naila was a friend, a co-worker a leader and a coach. She is someone who made my job at HP both easier and much more fun. I spoke to her multiple times a day. I loved that she always told me EXACTLY what she wanted me to do, but always called to see what she could do to help me. She gave me advice when I asked for it-- and often when I didn't. Few people cared as much about people and details as much as Naila.

Naila was so good at finding the good in all people and bringing people together on issues even when they didn't always agree.

One of my favorite memories of Naila was sharing a meal with her. Sometimes with a group, sometimes one on one-- always an event whether we were at a fancy place or at some bad cafeteria. One night in particular, we had a meeting in Seattle that lasted into a Friday afternoon. Naila never liked late flight, so she was staying over in Bellevue so I invited her to our house for dinner with my wife Carolyn and my daughter Phoebe. They had all heard about each other for years and it was a special opportunity for them to all meet. I remember how excited Phoebe was that she was taller than Naila-- so we documented it with this photo.

I will miss you my friend. I can't believe you are gone.

Valerie Taglio

October 7, 2019

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Naila's passing. My sincere sympathies to her family at this most difficult time. I had the true pleasure to work with Naila at HP and remember her with great fondness. She was bright, caring, gracious and strong - a wonderful role model and mentor for women. I loved her sense of humor and passion for everything she did. She cared for her work and most importantly for people. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

Zoila Perez

October 5, 2019

My prayers are with the family of miss Naila , such a great lady i was the barista at Starbucks inside Hp miss Naila was one of my special customers always comming to get her tall cappuccino ,she use to call me by my name, always admired her for being so respectful lady , she sure is going to be mised.

Wendy Davis-Lupo

October 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. May she Rest In Peace and may her family find solace in knowing that she is in a better place in Heaven.
From her cousin Nadia Wasfy of Cairo Egypt, her daughters Maya Davis & husband Magdy Khalil from Cairo Egypt and Wendy Davis-Lupo & husband Max Lupo of New York.

Reine Soliman

October 5, 2019

Dearest Naila,
You will be greatly missed.
Always cheerful, smiling and never complained. You will always be in my heart with Kamal, I am pleased to know you are together always.

Joanna and Jose Schulmann

October 4, 2019

Even though we only saw each other for brief times over the years we remember Neila’s kindness and « joie de vivre » and keep happy thoughts and prayers that she and Kamal are together once again !

Reda Guiha

October 4, 2019

Dear Naila, we will always remember the first time we met. It was when you came with Kamal to our place in Paris . You talked about your future projects, career, trips to Egypt and your life in Houston. Your optimism, enthusiasm and “joie de vivre” were contagious. We will miss your smile and wise advice. You were more than a family member .A close friend.

Cristina and Reda

Myriam Kozaya

October 4, 2019

To our dear Naila, you will be missed dearly specially your laugh, your positiveness in front of everything life threw at you....Naila was a very caring person with a big heart who was involved in so many charity organizations here in the US and in Egypt... now dear Naila you are with my uncle Kamal laughing together with no more pain or worries...may you Rest In Peace

Myriam & Joe Kozaya

Ghaida Neouchy

October 4, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. I was so lucky to have worked with Naila at HP - I will always remember her laugh and her positive spirit and her support in most difficult time. An amazing human being and inspiring woman! May she Rest In Peace ❤️

Paige Johnson-Hinckley

October 3, 2019

I had the wonderful opportunity to work for Naila while employed at HP. She was an excellent manager, mentor and leader that taught me many valuable skills, She gave me the opportunity to work on many ground breaking projects with partners and always encouraged me to think outside of the box and be my authentic self. Her strength, tenacity, humor and kindness were felt by many. I am thankful and blessed to cross paths with Naila and she will be missed greatly.

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