So'onafaifualouola F. Gautusa-I'amua Tiatia
01.01.1933 - 03.27.2017
St. George, Utah
Soonafaifualouola I’a Gautusa Tiatia peacefully returned to her heavenly home on Monday March 27, 2017 at her home in St. George, Utah with her immediate family at her bedside, at the age of 84.
Soonafaifualouola is survived by her children; Gautusa Emma Ualesi Tiatia-Maez Roy Utah, Gautusa Su’a Faasuamalieiupu Salatielu Tiatia Brown St. George Utah, Tiatia Taiamia Filemoni Salatielu Tiatia (Sialei) West Valley Utah, Punasautoa Lesa Salusiva Salatielu Tiatia South Jordan Utah, Gautusa Liahona Salatielu Tiatia (Dawn) St. George Utah, Seutoa Ropati Junior Salatielu Tiatia (Carol) St. George, Utah, and Tofuola Tiatia-Alofipo ( Selu), Layton, Utah, along with 145 grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers Simati Gautusa Auckland New Zealand, Maulupe Toloa Gautusa Brisbane, Australia, Solialofi Gautusa Kona, Hawaii, Apaau & Foe Meavale Auckland, New Zealand. She is reunited with her husband Bishop Tiatia Vaiaoga Salatielu Tiatia; Sons, Sauaga Ualesi Tiatia, Tasele Tiatia, Bishop Tafaaolatoa Tasele Salatielu Tiatia, Filemoni Tiatia I, I’amua Leo’o Ailama Salatielu Tiatia; Daughter, Faasalalaulousuafa Salatielu Tiatia; Grandsons, Tasele Jr., Va’aelua; Grandaughters, Martha and Salafai; brothers Malofou, Lautasi, Pola and sisters Tiresa, Mutalaloa, Leuta'afale, Va'asa.
Soonafaifualouola was born on January 01, 1933 in Saipipi, Samoa to parents Luafaleali’i Leniu (mother) and Gautusa I’amua Solialofi Gautusa (father). As the eldest of 13 children, she was raised in Saipipi, Savai’i, Samoa. She sacrificed her education to help raise her family. It was love at first sight when she met her eternal companion Vaiaoga Salatielu Tiatia marching through her village playing the tuba with his Avao Marching Band in 1953. They married shortly thereafter, started their family in Saipipi and Avao, Savaii Samoa and later migrated their family to Hawaii,USA in 1980 after converting to the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, then solemnized their marriage and were sealed as a family for time and all eternity in the Laie Hawaii Temple on June 25, 1981.
Soonafaifualouola was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to everyone around her. Her life was centered around her family. She was a woman of great faith, love, determination and hard-work and embedded those qualities in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her example molded her family and loved ones to become strong in every aspect of life. She, taught her posterity to always keep God and family first, as she served faithfully and willingly in the many, many callings she held within the church. She exemplified “Charity Never Faileth” and loved to serve those around her. Soonafaifualouola will be deeply missed but never forgotten as she has left a beautiful legacy that will live on forever.
We will be celebrating Soonafaifualouola’s wonderful and beautiful life, love and legacy at the Family Service planned on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 6PM at the Manzanita Chapel located at 3519 Manzanita Road, St. George, Utah 84790; followed by Funeral Services on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 10AM. Interment at the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, Utah. May our beloved mom/Nana rest in happiness and peace in the arms of our dad/Papa Tiatia and our loving Heavenly Father.