Abby "Leo" Rain Khoury, 25 of Little Rock, passed away after a long struggle with their health on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 surrounded by family and friends.
Leo is survived by their mother, Cristy Lee Hutto and step-father, Richard Scott Hutto of Little Rock; sister, Riley Mae Henderson and husband, Reece; sister, Emberly Fern Hutto; grandmother, Kay Evans; grandmother, Barbara Leach and husband, Gary; step-grandmother, Karla Ramsey; step-grandparents, Ted and Carol Hutto; uncle, Chad Ramsey and wife, Brandy; aunt, Felicia Blythe and husband, Daniel; aunt, Jennifer Dillon and husband, Chaz; uncle, Jason Hutto and wife, Mercedes Ortiz-Olivieri; many cousins, Brady Blu Ramsey, Haven Blythe, Colton Blythe, Stella Blythe, Audra Russell, Brooke Horvath and husband, Logan, Ryder Horvath, Charlsey Dillon, Lauren Dillon, and Evan Dillon; fur babies Harper and Ruby; as well as a host of extended family and loving friends.
Leo was preceded in death by their grandfather, Danny Ramsey, many beloved great-grandparents, and lifelong friend, Daniel Duguid.
The family will host a memorial service at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 12415 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72223. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Camp Mitchell in Leo's name.
Leo was born on July 26, 1997 in Little Rock to Cristy Hutto and David A. Khoury, II. Leo graduated eStem High School, May 2016 and later from Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in North Little Rock, April 2018 having obtained a cosmetology license. They worked professionally at Wild Roots and Sports Clips and liked to do hair styling and makeup for friend’s special occasions. They also liked making how-to videos of makeup techniques, designing nail styles, and inventing new color palettes. They enjoyed traveling, especially to beaches like Dauphin Island, Virginia Beach, and the Outer Banks. They liked going to the Buffalo River, not so much to float but to hammock. Leo traveled solo to England just after graduating high school to see the sights and spend time with old friends. Other travels included trips to Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada to train for hair styling with their Aunt Mercedes. They enjoyed crocheting, studying Japanese culture, music, and singing. They loved reading, especially murder mysteries, and listening to “My Favorite Murder” and other true crime podcasts.
Leo was beautiful, thoughtful, kind, caring, patient, loving, and understanding. Their energy was radiant, a beautiful soul with a vibrant smile and bright blue eyes that would light up a room. As a child, Leo always played with everyone. Whether you were younger or older or different in any way, Leo wanted to play with you and have fun with you. Leo never seemed to hold judgment of any kind against anyone they ever met and was always open to understanding and making space for every soul. Leo had a lifelong love of animals and, in addition to their constant companion Harper, had helped foster other dogs during Covid. They loved caring for and nurturing the dogs while waiting for them to find a forever home.
Their love of children led them to work in the daycare at St. Michaels for a time, nanny for a local family, and assist at an outdoor preschool at Lake Nixon. Their first sleepaway camp was Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain. They went there each summer for many years, later becoming a councilor-in-training. They spent many weeks there working with children of all ages, children with incarcerated parents, and adults with disabilities.
Leo was always so hopeful in the face of chronic illness which included cycles of unbearable pain and long stays in the hospital. Their positivity and determination were truly incredible. They embodied what it meant to show love and empathy through adversity and always managed to make everyone around them feel at ease.
Leo, you are a bright light to all of us and you will be deeply missed. So long for now, but we’ll see you soon and love you all day, every day.