Age 42, of Plum, passed peacefully on Saturday, November 3, after a courageous ten year fight battling Carcinoid Cancer. She was married to her devoted husband, Mark; and was a loving mother to Austen, Logan and Nolan Carney; daughter of Patricia Jennings and the late James J. Jennings; daughter-in-law of Dale and Dottie Carney; sister of Judy Phillips (Ray, Jr.), Lynn Pesta (Teddy), Michael Jennings (Vicki Lynn), James Jennings (Sue), Joseph Jennings (Elizabeth), Sheila Fortes (Jim); aunt of Ray Phillips III, Amy Phillips-White, the late Christie Majoy; sister-in-law of Craig Carney (Julia); she is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and was a true friend and inspiration to many. In addition to being an inspiration to family and friends, Sunny inspired carcinoid cancer patients across the globe through her blog, and then her book, "The Sunny Side of Cancer". She spoke at numerous cancer events locally sharing stories of her journey which led her from Basel, Switzerland to all of the top Carcinoid Cancer specialists here in the states. She was an advocate for better diagnosis of the disease and for insurance coverage of treatments. She fought with grace and dignity, never letting the pain inside challenge her faith or diminish her love for life. Memorials may be made to: "Carney Family Fund", c/o S&T Bank, 2190 Hulton Road, Verona, PA 15147. Friends received Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 3-8 p.m. at Unity Community Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Unity Community Church with Rev. Frank Deluce, officiating. Arrangements entrusted to CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME, INC.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2012