Salome Ikafilia Finau 'Ulu"ave

  • Born: October 4, 1917
  • Died: December 18, 2013
  • Location: Provo, Utah

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Salome Ikafilia Finau 'Ulu'ave
1917 ~ 2013

Salome Ikafilia Finau 'Ulu'ave was born October 4, 1917 at Mu'a-Niuafo'ou, Tonga (Pacific Islands), the first of twelve children to Siotame Ikafilia Finau and Soana Tu'atangiketatau (Malafu) Finau. On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Salome, aged 96 returned to the Spirit World. She died peacefully in the presence of her loving family in Provo, Utah; with many of her 62 grandchildren, 144 great grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, 9 living children, and 61 in-laws by her bedside.

Salome was a beautiful and bright young girl. She was taught to love God first and to love her neighbors unconditionally. As a result she developed into a young woman with deep reverence for things sacred, and yet an uncommon critical thinker for a Tongan woman of her generation. At school she often won top honors for academic excellence, especially memorizing long scripts or versus from the Bible. Her love for language was exceeded only by her trust in the Savior Jesus Christ. Singing a few popular English tunes was a favorite past time activity. Later in life, she learned to speak, read, and write in the Samoan language in addition to English, Tongan, 'Uvea, and her native Niua language.

In 1935, Salome married Solomone 'Ulu'ave (The first of twelve children, son of Sione 'Ulu'ave of Ma'ufanga, Tongatapu, and Meletonga Tai'i 'Atevalu of Petani, Niuafo'ou, Tonga). Salome and Solomone protected each other with solemn loyalty. They raised twelve wonderful children. She brought warm, acceptance, and love of learning into her humble home. Frequently she would say: "Ifo pe 'ae me'akai ke kiki 'aki e malimali" (Meals taste better with a smile). With her talented hands she worked magic in turning raw plant materials into sturdy mats for sitting, fine mats for beddings, and beautiful works of art for decorations. Today Salome and Solomone are again reunited forever; including their four little children who had died young.

In 1944 Salome Ikafilia Finau 'Ulu'ave gained a testimony of the Restored Gospel, and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints without the consent of her husband and village. However, her husband soon joined her as they opened up their home at Mu'a-Niuafo'ou to the early converts on the Island. In 1961 they were sealed for time and eternity in the New Zealand Temple. Together as a couple they had served two full-time missions. LDS members from 'Eua Vaini & Tokomolo Tonga, La'ie Hawaii, Salt Lake City & Provo Utah recall their years of faithful Church service. Sixty (60) of her children and grandchildren are returned missionaries, speaking 13 different languages. In education, her descendants hold 57 bachelor degrees, 14 master degrees, 1 Phd degree, and growing. They attended Church College of Hawaii, University of Utah, BYU, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and including Harvard University. This is Salome's legacy to remember!

Salome is survived by her nine living children and other family members. 'Emeline 'Ulu'ave 'Unga (late Pita 'Unga), Kalisitiane 'Ulu'ave (Patiola Vaikeli), Pita Seti 'Ulu'ave (Sheryl Allen), Sione A. 'Ulu'ave (Simaima 'Alofipo, Hifo Kava), Fololini N. 'Ulu'ave Havea (Tuituiohu P. Havea), Lose Folau 'Ulu'ave Langi (Mosaia K. Langi), Viliami Nasio (Mele H. Takafua), 'Alama 'Ulu'ave (Losaline N. Lotulelei), and Siotame 'Ulu'ave (Sheila, Kari).

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013, from 11-12:30 p.m. at the Wasatch (Tongan) Stake Center, 1625 South Slate Canyon Drive, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening, December 27, 2013, at the church from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8-10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at the Provo City Cemetery, 610 South State Street, Provo, Utah, from 1:15-1:45 p.m.

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