It is with great sorrow that the family of Deloris Eleanor Veran announces her sudden passing on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at her home in Atikokan.

She was born on March 14, 1939 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Alfred and Mary Veran. She was born in her aunt Isabelle’s home and her aunt gave her the nick name ‘Poon’ meaning little one in French. She grew up in Fort Frances, moving to Sapawe as a young woman. She shared many fond memories of growing up in Sapawe by the lake. Her mother passed away at a very young age and she became a ‘mom’ to many of her siblings.

She married at the age of 17 and settled into Atikokan to raise her family. She was married 25 years and mostly stayed at home to raise her daughters. She would tree plant in the spring and did this for many years. She made many friends over the years while tree planting and had many funny stories. After her marriage ended she decided to return to school, first to college, then receiving a Social Work Diploma. She then attended Lakehead University where she received a Bachelor’s of Social Work and then her Honours.

She began working at the Atikokan Crisis Centre and enjoyed working with the women. In 1995 she began her career at the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre as the Community Development Worker. Later she became the Executive Director, retiring at the age of 76. Deloris was a fine representative for the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre. She created a safe and welcoming environment. Many of the people she worked with and those that used the service respected her and still remember her as being a kind and understanding person. During her working career she sat on many Boards and Committees in the Atikokan area, she believed in giving back to her community.

She enjoyed reading, especially murder mysteries and watching Coronation Street. She would often call her daughter, Terry, to share stories and discuss the latest episode. Above all, Deloris loved her family and was very proud of their accomplishments. She was very close to her siblings and in the later years, her and her sister Alverne were constant companions.

Deloris will be greatly missed by her daughters Terry and Doug Sabean and Candy and Larry Green; grandchildren Tara (Charles), Caleb (Kelsey), Mary (Paul) and Jordyn Green, Phillip (Kailey) Sabean; great-grandchildren David and Sidney Green, Marshall, Zane and Kai Sabean; siblings Alfred Veran (Marie), Sandy Sedore, Alverne Dickson, Joe Veran, Jack Veran (Evelyn) and Beverly Veran (sister-in-law); the father of her children, John Gosselin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents Alfred and Mary Veran; sibling Ray Veran and Sharon Veran; as well as several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.

If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Atikokan Swim Club.

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