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It is with great sadness that the family of Verna Josephine Hanna King announces her passing on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1940 in Rainy River, Ont. to Wilfred and Arvilla Desserre. She grew up in on the family farm in Pinewood, Ont.

She worked at the Stratton Café and the sawmill at Foot Falls as a young woman.

She was united in marriage to Melvin King on Jan. 31, 1958. Together, they settled in Atikokan to start the family. They returned to the family farm in Pinewood for several years before returning to Atikokan once again when Melvin was hired at the mine.

They loved to travel and took a trip to British Columbia every year.

Verna loved her role as wife and mother. She was a kind, generous woman who would help in any way possible. She also loved to garden and sewing, and was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church.

She leaves behind her son, Darren King; daughter, Patty McMillan; grandchildren, Chad and Tyler McMillan, Shawn and Sherri King, and Melissa and Kyle Bates; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by her brother, Ken (Laverne) Desserre; sister, Bonnie Wolframe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Verna was predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Arvilla; husband, Melvin; brother, Morris Desserre; daughter, Cathy Bates; and son, Rick King.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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