Denise Rene (Pickens) McCarriher, 52, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 31, 2020 from Encompass Health. Denise was born in Pittsburgh on August 23, 1968. Denise had been living in Ambridge but was formerly of New Waterford, OH and briefly from Coraopolis. Denise, a faithful and involved member of the Beacon Hope Community Church of the Nazarene. She served as Board Secretary, Children’s Ministry, Co-chaired the Live Nativity, taught Vacation Bible School, District Women’s Ministry Council, and was a Camp Youth Counselor for the District, Secretary for Bridge Housing program at Light of Life Ministries. Because of her involvement, she was blessed to meet the love of her life at church, David B. McCarriher and the next thirty years were cherished. In addition to her beloved husband, David, she is survived by her loving mother, Janet Payne and her father, John (Sharyn) Pickens, Jr.; her In-Laws, Richard (Linda) McCarriher and the late Nancy McCarriher; step-daughter Daphne McCarriher; children Daniel, Derek, Dylan and Dana McCarriher; grandchildren, Zachery Franks, Landon Gardner, Sophie McCarriher, Emma McCarriher, Elijah Noland, Oliver Smith and the late infant Benjamin McCarriher-Franks; sisters, Rebekah Pickens and Jessica Crawford; Step-sisters, Jennifer Stock, Alycia Herevia and Jessica Mazzle; Sisters-in-Law, Julie (Jim) Black and Audrey (Scott) Orndoff; brother, Douglas Pickens; half-brothers, Jeff (Christine) Olson, Todd Olson, John Pickens III, Scott Pickens and Eric Pickens; step-brother, Ron Bish; seventeen nieces and ten nephews; life-long friend since the third grade and her kidney organ donor, Melony Drane; many loved friends and last but not least their Maine Coon cat, Disney. Denise was a graduate of East Palestine High School, class of 1986, and obtained her Associates from Geneva College in 1988 where she was part of the Band Pompom squad. She was a valued employee of Ambridge Area School District in accounts payable and was the assistant coach of the Ambridge Bowling Team. She also had been involved with Girl Scout Troop #182. Visitation Tuesday 2-4, 6-8 at Copeland’s Coraopolis, 867 Fifth Ave. The family will have a private church service at Beacon of Hope Community. Family respectfully requests donations to Copeland’s to help defray funeral expenses or to the Kidney Foundation, as Denise was a transplant survivor.
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