Anne M. Jonas Tierney, 50, of Northeast Philadelphia, a mental-health services provider, died of cervical cancer Sunday, Nov. 7, at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Mrs. Tierney joined Community Behavioral Health in Philadelphia as a care manager in 2003 and eventually became a clinical management supervisor. The nonprofit contracts with the city to provide mental-health and substance-abuse services.
"Our network of providers is deeply saddened by Anne's loss," clinical coordinator Kelly Berke said. "She was my rock. When things got busy, she was very levelheaded. She was a very caring person and a problem solver."
Mrs. Tierney graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School and earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Chestnut Hill College. For two years she taught on a Navajo reservation in Arizona and embraced American Indian culture, her family said. She then taught at Holy Martyrs School and at St. Cecilia School in Philadelphia.
After earning a master's degree in counseling from Chestnut Hill College, Mrs. Tierney was a counselor in residences for mental-health patients and for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Abington.
In 1998, Mrs. Tierney fulfilled a desire to raise a family when she traveled to China to adopt a daughter, Grace. Later she met Robert M. Tierney, and they married in 2008.
Mrs. Tierney enjoyed bird-watching, raising finches, and spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by her mother, Claire Jonas; three brothers; and four sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be said at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn St., where friends may call after 11:30.