Michelle Yvette Khoury, a receptionist who enjoyed travel, died of heart disease Saturday at her Towson home. She was 30.
Miss Khoury was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, and was a 1991 graduate of Towson High School.
Though she was born with a congenital heart defect, Miss Khoury was determined to make her own way in the world.
"Even though she had special needs, she was a very, very special person. She was totally unselfish," said her mother, Gloria H. Khoury of Towson.
After graduating from high school, she joined The Chimes Inc., a nonprofit group that provides services to mentally disabled adults and children, as a receptionist.
Since November, she had been a receptionist in Woodlawn for the Center for Social Change Inc., which provides residential and supported employment services for the developmentally disabled.
"She was extremely happy working for the Center for Social Change. It seemed to bring out the best in her, and she really looked forward to going to work," Mrs. Khoury said.
"Michelle was just a sweetheart. Everyone - the staff and clients - just loved her. She was always a pleasure to be around," said Lisa R. Cloud, the nonprofit organization's assistant director of programs. "She was very conscientious and did everything she could to help out. She'd come to work each day with a big smile on her face."
"She lived every day for the people in her life by maintaining strong connections with her family around the world. Michelle cared for each person wholeheartedly, unselfishly and unconditionally," said her sister, Nicole M. Khoury of Towson.
Miss Khoury enjoyed traveling to Miami and Lebanon, where she had family roots. She was also an avid jigsaw puzzle fan.
She was a member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Hunt Valley.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
In addition to her mother and sister, Miss Khoury is survived by her father, Osama H. Khoury of Towson; a brother, John G. Khoury of the Netherlands; and a niece.