Carmen Yi Lyn Khoo was called home to our Lord Jesus Christ on October 28, 2022. Carmen was 28 years old. She was born on November 9, 1993, raised in Penang, Malaysia, and immigrated to the United States. She last resided in Portland, Maine. Carmen devoted her life in serving our Lord.\n\nCarmen will be sorely missed by her Father Eng Chong Khoo (E.C.) her loving Mother Poh Thor Ong (Cecilia), and her devoted sister Caryn Jo Lyn Khoo, along with her Catholic community and many adored friends especially her friend Abrey who was by her side and Br. Cassian Mary Iozzo OP, who will forever be her brother in Christ, and all of Carmen’s friends and family in Malaysia.\n\nCarmen was a proud alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2015 and a Master of Science in the field of statistics the following year. After working as a research assistant for a year, she went on to Cornell University, where she earned a Master of Science in biomedical engineering in 2021. Carmen then went on to work for MaineHealth as a Research Data Analyst.\n\nAbove all things on earth, Carmen was dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. She spent long, unnumbered hours in Eucharistic Adoration, face-to-face and heart-to-heart with our Lord. This was her greatest joy in life, a joy that has now reached its consummation with the One to whom she gave her heart. \n\nOut of love for Christ, Carmen gave herself unhesitatingly to His Church; she was always the first to volunteer for any event. She could always be found singing in choir, often at multiple Masses, and was dedicated to youth ministry. Her sharp intellect combined with her zeal to preach the faith was foundational in helping to establish the Thomistic Institute Chapter at Cornell University. This “little pilgrim,” following in the footsteps of St. Dominic, was a light and a rose to anyone that was blessed by God to know her.\n\nCarmen was a fierce connoisseur when it came to a nice bowl of ice cream or a neat glass of scotch. She loved good food, but loved even more to bring a smile to others by her cooking and baking. Whenever she could, she would be out for a stroll, while softly chanting the Adoro Te Devote or the Veni Creator Spiritus and laughing at the antics of passing squirrels. \n\nCarmen loved deeply and was deeply loved by so many. Her generous spirit and kind heart left a deep impression wherever she went. She never met a stranger that didn’t quickly become a friend and was always placing the needs of others first. She remained strong in our Lord amid her cancer diagnosis, never losing her faith and her spunk. Carmen walked through her life and her suffering with grace. She was a witness to the power of trusting the Lord, which was a gift she shared with her friends, doctors, colleagues, and family. After her diagnosis, Carmen wrote: “And at the height of my pain, when all else fails, I beg the Lord for the grace to suffer well, to mercifully accept my offering of this pain for whatever He wills. Though, in my bratty moments, the offering comes out more along the lines of, “Lord, this better be for something good.””\n\nVisiting Hours will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 8:00-9:30AM at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland followed by a 10AM Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. There will be a reception in the Cathedral Guild Hall at 307 Congress Street at 12:30 on Saturday, November 5th.\n\nThe Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at 10AM at https://youtu.be/xnCuAMC8K9c . You can also find the livestream below under Memorial Video.\n\nIn lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to assist Carmen’s family with the funeral cost.