Mrs. Patricia "Patty" Ann (Foy) Carney

November 13, 1947August 3, 2018
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Patricia Ann Carney left all of us with broken hearts as she went to Heaven to be with God Friday, August 3, 2018. Patty was born in Gouverneur, New York, on November 13, 1947. We married in 1966 and moved to Harrison, TN in 1978. She operated The Bookrack on Hwy 58 for many years and when it closed she went to work at Olan Mills, soon afterwards Lifetouch. At Lifetouch she was the print room team leader. To meet Patty was to fall in love with her. She had a smile that went from ear to ear, and the friendliest way about her that made her everyone’s best friend. To go with the big smile was a big heart. Whenever she came home from a shopping trip she would joyously show what she bought for this person and that person, and there was never anything at the bottom of the bag that she bought for herself. During the Christmas season she often came home without a paycheck because she gave it away to some folks who needed it more than we did. Patty was original and one of a kind. Welcoming Patty in Heaven are her mother and father Teresa Butler and Rolland Foy. The broken hearted include her husband of 51 years, Robert, of Ooltewah, her son Alan (Nanette) Carney of San Antonio, Texas, her daughter Suann Jones of Harrison, her son Matthew (fiancé Christy Tinsley)Carney of Ooltewah, brother Michael Foy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, brother James Foy of Eagle Bridge, New York, grandson Austin Jones of Harrison, granddaughter Erin Jones of Chattanooga, and family members Eva Carney of Harrison and Tracy Jones of Harrison. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 5th at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, Hixson. There will be a private family graveside service at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at



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Mrs. Patricia "Patty" Ann (Foy) Carney

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Patrick Foy

August 14, 2018

Myself and the Foy cousins were so sad to hear of Patty's passing. We bless you Bob and your family that gave her loving care and years of wonderful memories.

Mary Wooton

August 10, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of her death. We hope the scriptures in John 11:34-44 will bring you comfort, peace and hope.

Bruce Blohm

August 5, 2018

Dear Bob and family, we are so sorry for your loss of your dear Patty. We do hope you are comforted with the love and support of all those around you. Please accept our condolences and know you are close to our hearts. Sincerely, Bruce and Kerry Blohm

Judy Vroegindewey

August 5, 2018

So sorry to hear of Party's passing. Herb and I enjoyed working with her at Lifetouch. May God bless her family.

Pamela Owens

August 5, 2018

I’m very sorry for your loss. I worked with Patty for 17 years. She was a good friend and was always making me laugh and lending a helping hand when it was needed. I will really miss her. Heaven has another beautiful angel!

mary conner

August 5, 2018

My dear friend who was there for me when my husband was ill and passed. I wish I could have been there for you. In my heart, I was there. I am not far behind you. See you in Heaven some day. Love you my friend.

Kay Patat

August 5, 2018

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Patty was quite a lady. Kurt and I have such good memories of her. We send our love to you.

Bonnie Ward

August 4, 2018

Bob and family - sorry we can’t be there to comfort you. We will be holding you all in our hearts and praying for strength while you go through this sad time. Sending hugs and sincere condolences.

Bonnie and Chuck Ward

Tanja Parton

August 4, 2018

We feel great sadness hearing this news. Mark and I both worked with Patty for many years and we loved her. Patty was like a Mom to me at work. She gave me so many beautiful gifts that I will always cherish as well as financial advice and "life" advice. She was also one of the best cooks in the world and taught me many recipes and when she cooked something delicious always shared with us. She loved Bob so very much and was very proud of her three children. I'm so deeply saddened we let time slip and didn't see each other again. Our deepest sympathies to her wonderful family. Love you always Patty. Tanja and "one fish" Mark Parton.



If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Mrs. Patricia Ann Carney. She was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around her. Even though "Patty" was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for her to boast about her accomplishments. "Patty" had strong personal convictions, making it hard for her to relinquish those ideals she held dearest to herself. Despite her outer strengths and beliefs, "Patty" sometimes struggled in her efforts to see the world as completely positive. "Patty"'s life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in her life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in "Patty", something that was always there and that she readily shared with everyone around her.

Patty was born on Thursday, November 13, 1947 at E. J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur, New York. Her parents were Teresa and Rolland Foy. "Patty" was raised in Gouverneur, New York, and as a youngster, Patty was a compassionate person, a quality that she would carry with her throughout her life. Even at a young age, Patty was sensitive to her parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations.

Throughout her life, "Patty" showed a remarkable ability to mend relationships. This was true even with her siblings. "Patty" was caring, diplomatic and tolerant of the feelings of those around her. "Patty" was raised with two siblings. She had one older brother Mike and one younger brother Jimmy. "Patty" was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. "Patty" and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

As a young girl, Patty lived a childhood filled with fantasy. She was generally in pursuit of her own identity, but she was also adaptable to almost any situation she faced. Patty's parents divorced early in her life and visiting her Grandmother Gates became an almost daily activity. Even though Patty's mother remarried Patty remained a frequent visitor of her grandmother. Patty had music in her heart as she liked to sing and dance. While in grade school Patty played the trumpet in the school band. However, to Patty, the most fun to be had was simply playing, spending time with her many friends.

High school was a time for Patty to socialize. Patty did well in her studies but didn't enjoy doing schoolwork. Her favorite class in high school was Home Economics and it showed in her adult life. Patty was a wonderful homemaker, wife, mother and a fantastic cook. Probably her least favorite class was math, and yet she could work a budget flawlessly and kept all the figures in her head. She graduated from Gouverneur Central High School in 1965 and practically everyone wanted to sign her yearbook. Following high school Patty attended cosmetology school and became a licensed beautician.

While those who did not know her well found Patty to be somewhat reserved until they got to know her, she was an authentic and devoted friend. Patty was a tranquil person, with an easygoing and open-minded attitude towards life. She presented a pleasant face to the outside world but concealed the pain and discomfort she felt over her own friends’ difficulties. During the holidays it was not unusual for Patty to come up without a paycheck because she had given it to those coworkers whom she knew needed help to give their children a nice Christmas. Patty sought to achieve harmony with everyone and possessed the ability to mend conflicts and avoid interpersonal struggles. While growing up, some of her best friends were Mary Alice Rotundo, Elaine Davis, Judy Roberts, Linda Bressett, and linda DeWan. Patty would often pile these girls into her step-father's GTO and disregard the posted speed limits around town. Later in life, she became great friends with Patty Thornton, Bonnie Ward, Sandy Hallada, Mary Conner, Jean Askew, Donna Willis, Marie Gravelle, Linda Smith, Judy Geer, Fay Stephens. And all of these friends considered Patty to be their best friend.

The desire for romance was always present in Patty's life. Early in 1962 Patty met Bob Carney at a school dance. They began dating off and on and kept it up while Bob spent a few years in the U,S. Navy. He was discharged in November of 1966 and on December 17, 1966 Patty exchanged wedding vows with Robert Carney at Gouverneur Methodist Church and the following year at the St. James Catholic Church of Gouverneur, New York. Patty and Bob cared passionately for each other. They had one argument during their first year of marriage, realized the emotional hurt that resulted, and never had another argument in their 51 plus years of marriage. Her deep loyalty and a strong commitment to her vows brought a sense of completeness to their marriage. Patty was a gentle person who held deep feelings for her children. She enjoyed having fun with her kids and was at times fiercely protective of them. Patty was blessed with three children, two sons, Alan in 1967and Matthew in 1971, and one daughter, Suann in 1970. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Suann's son Austin and daughter Erin.

A work transfer became necessary for Bob in 1978. Patty, reluctant to leave her home and friends in northern New York, packed up the kids and moved to Tennessee. She selected their new house and began settling the family into their new environment. It was Patty's inner strength that carried the children through the traumatic and sudden change in their lives. Patty would from time to time demonstrate courage and tenacity she didn't know she possessed.

Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Patty was as loyal and committed in her work as she was in the rest of her life. Patty worked well with fellow employees and showed great cooperation in reaching common goals. Though she had a tendency to take on too many tasks, herself; Patty showed great patience with complicated situations. She was ingenious and trusted her intuition. For Patty, the application of logic could be optional, and while that sometimes bothered her co-workers, Patty always seemed to be able to get the job done. She never turned down an opportunity to learn a new task and never failed to master it. It wasn't long before her supervisors put her in a position of responsibility as the printing department team leader. She was employed for 11 years by Olan Mills and Lifetouch Studios in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Patty always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done. She was extremely proud of the Chattanooga Lab and her role in achieving the company's Crown Jewel Award as the best among the labs.

Patty enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were cross stitching, cooking, and reading. Patty was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but she was also willing to share her interests with others. Among her cross stitching peers she was considered superior as the back of her work looked very much like the front whereas most others were a mess on the reverse side. She never participated in sports but she enjoyed going to professional golf tournaments. She also enjoyed the Atlanta Braves and, although she didn't care to watch, she enjoyed wearing orange on Saturdays when the Tennessee Volunteers played football.

Patty was an eternal idealist, and her deep concern for others made her a valuable asset to the clubs and organizations to which she belonged. In high school, Patty was a member of the chorus, choir, Future Homemakers of America, and dance committees. She was an active member of the Highland Manor Neighborhood Association, involved in drives to benefit those in need. Patty took all of her personal and moral obligations seriously. Patty was a strong believer of her faith. She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur, NY, St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Norwood, NY, and OLPH Catholic Church in Chattanooga, TN.

Patty enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. Taking trips provided the chance for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and see new things. Favorite vacations included St. Augustine, Florida and Sanibel Island, Florida. She so much enjoyed walking along the shoreline collecting shells that had washed up. Patty was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Patty's favorites was Beau, a small Poodle stray she brought home. They were best friends for 8 years. Another of her favorites was her cat Buffy who made the transition from the north country to east Tennessee.

Patty's mother needed care since 2005 and Patty took on the role of care giver until her mom passed away in 2011. Patty then retired from working but wasn't able to fully take advantage of it. A couple trips back to New York and then a tragedy occurred. On August 15, 2015 Patty suffered a stroke. Her health slowly but surely deteriorated. Patty passed away on August 3, 2018 at home in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Patty discovered she had lung cancer just 11 days before she died. She is survived by her husband Robert, her children Alan, Suann, and Matthew, her grandchildren Austin and Erin, and her brothers Michael and James. Patty was laid to rest in The Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mrs. Patricia Ann Carney was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. She viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, Patty tried to focus on the good she saw, knowing that there were times she would have to compromise. She was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. "Patty" was a person who would keep her eye on tomorrow and constantly held onto her dreams. She was capable of being mystical at times, and she could be the seer or shaman of a group. It was this exceptional insight and quiet reserve that that became Patty's trademark qualities for all who knew her, and it was one of the many reasons why all who knew her loved Mrs. Patricia Ann Carney.