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Plum community will never forget Carney's sunny outlook

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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

The world lost a ray of SUNNYshine on Nov. 3 when Alicia “Sunny” Carney brought more brightness to heaven, after she succumbed to carcinoid cancer.

As I stood in line to pay my respect to her family, I witnessed person after person making their own “footprints” for her.

I have never met anyone that did not mention her smile and how she always had the way to enhance any situation with a positive.

As her time with all of us was coming to a close, she spoke of “footprints” on her sons' hearts.

She spoke of lasting memories that the tidal wave of tears upon her departure would not wash away the imprints in the proverbial sand.

If you were blessed with one moment with this special lady you were touched for life.

The words “cannot” or “quit” never entered her thoughts or exited her mouth.

She taught us all that with family and loved ones we can overcome the most dreadful experiences in life.

As Plum Borough grew from launching wiffleballs on behalf of cancer research to large community gatherings, each of us became a better person because Sunny made us that way.

Her relentless energy to push forward with a glimmer of hope illuminated even the darkest hour.

Each of us has lost, or will lose, loved ones but there always enters into all our lives a special person that goes beyond blood relative, goes beyond friend and goes beyond acquaintance.

Sunny Carney is such a person.

I do not believe that there is a single person in Plum Borough that has not been touched by the rays of Sunny Carney.

As her three awesome sons, her husband Mark and her family prepare for life without her physical presence they undoubtedly will feel her presence with each heartbeat.

But this woman's impact on the world will never be washed away by the sands of time, for just as Sunny requested her footprints be softly embedded in each of our hearts, Plum Borough has become a better community because of her.

Just as the sun rises every day, Sunny Carney remains with each of us as the flowers will bloom, the leaves will fall, the snow will glisten and the birds will sing.

As the holiday season comes upon us, we all have the memory of Sunny to be thankful for, as she will glisten from heaven upon our families the same spirit she bestowed upon her own.

She cannot be missed because your footprints will never leave us — they are eternal.

R.H. Sakolsky writes columns periodically for the Plum Advance Leader.

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