Katoon Noory, 88, who fled with her family from the Ottoman Turks in 1922 and came to this country four years later, died Thursday of a heart attack at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base.
She had lived in Marlow Heights since 1961.
Mrs. Noory was born in Mardin, Turkey. She and her husband, the late John Noory, were Christians. He fled to the United States in 1913 because of the Ottoman Turks persecution of Christians.
Nine years later, she and other members of her family escaped on camels with the help of tribal Arabians across the desert from Turkey to Aleppo, Syria. They remained there until 1926, when they were reunited with John Noory, who by then lived in Fitchburg, Mass.
Mrs. Noory worked for a bicycle firm. Mrs. Noory devoted her time to rearing their children and at the age of 45 attended night school to learn English and become a naturalized citizen.
She and her husband came to the Washington area in 1952 t be with one of their sons, Leon B., who lived in Arlington. Mr. Noory died there in 1956 and she moved to Marlow Heights five years later.
The second big reunion for Mrs. Noory came three years ago when she and her sister, Rose Bagtchedjian, who lives in Buenos Aires, saw each other here for the first time in 65 years. Mrs. Bagtchedjian had been found after a search by Leon Noory that spanned 30 years.
In addition to her son and sister, Mrs. Noory is survived by two other sons, Salin and George, who lived with her and Leon at the Marlow Heights home; two daughters, Catherine Joseph, of Fitchburg, and Rose Toukatley, of Utica, N. Y.; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, KATOON NOORY