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Veronica (nee Stone) Stevens

STEVENS, Veronica (nee Stone) - June 3, 1950 - January 16, 2019 It is with great sorrow that we announce that Veronica Ann Stevens passed away after a short and courageous battle with brain cancer on January 16, 2019 at the age of 68. She leaves to mourn her daughter and best friend Emelie Chhangur, her brother Christopher Stone, and partner Gary Leggett. She was born in England to Elizabeth Susan Stone (d. 2013) and Harry Stone (d. 2004) and emigrated with them to Canada in 1956. After retiring from more than two decades of service as a cook (and Union Steward) at Telfer Place in Paris, ON, she followed her dream and moved to Vancouver Island, where with her usual charm, good spirits, humour, and generosity she made many new friends. A single mother, Veronica was a fiercely independent and strong-willed woman, feminist, and social justice advocate. She enjoyed life tremendously: dedicating time to local causes and staying active as a swimmer, golfer, bowler, member of the Seniors’ Choir and British Club (Nanaimo), and volunteering at the Humane Society (Brantford) and many branches of the Canadian Legion. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life took place on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Legion - Mount Benson Branch 256, Nanaimo, BC. A second will follow in Paris, ON at a later date. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and the Victoria General Hospital. Donations may be made to the Humane Society.13323069
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