Nicola Denise Paylor, a case manager specialist with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, died of congestive heart failure Friday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 38.
Born in Baltimore and raised in the Woodlawn area, she attended St. Cecilia Parochial School and John Paul Regional Catholic School. She was a 1988 graduate of Archbishop Keough High School.
She earned a Bachelor of Science and a master's degree in criminal justice at Coppin State University.
While an undergraduate student at Coppin State, she joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and remained an active member.
Miss Paylor worked at the Department of Juvenile Services for 11 years.
"She enjoyed her job working with juveniles whose ages ranged from seven to 17," said her mother, Phyllis Paylor of Woodlawn. "She tried to help them improve their lives."
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501 Old Frederick Road, where she was a member.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her father, Charles Nick Paylor, also of Woodlawn; two sisters, Rhonda Dubose of Atlantic City, N.J., and Shawann Henderson of Baltimore; and her paternal grandfather, Sam Paylor of Roxboro, N.C.