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“Sione, I just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to learn of your dear mother's passing. Through our conversations on the bus I felt that...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Vivki Dresbach - Provo, UT

“Dear Lavaki Family: Words cannot express the love we have for our dear friends and neighbors behind us. For almost 25 years we have not only shared...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Layne and Jean Porter - Provo, UT

“Thank you for everything you done for me on my mission you were a mother away from home. I will always remember you and your family and the...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Isaac Brons - New Zealand, UT

“Dear Moe and family, Our hearts ache for you at this time. We want to thank you for the short time we got to spend with you over the years. Moe,...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lee and Lee Ann Pyper - Santaquin, UT

“Dear Moe, Sione, and Siosiua, Your sweet wife and mother is one of the kindest and most generous people we know. She has always got a friendly smile...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Debbie and Bruce Hamilton - Provo, UT

“To the Lavaki family, I am so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lupi. She was so kind and generous. I loved her soft voice and her sweet...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: McCall Adamson - Spanish Fork, UT

“Dear Sis Lavaki's family, You may not remember me but I was one of Mosese nurse up @ the University of Utah. I am also Jaleen Folaumahina's...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Jalyn Reeves - Escalante, UT

“"Moe" -our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. -Randy. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Randy Pyne - Spanish Fork, UT

“I am so blessed to have known Moala. She touched my life during one of her hardest trials. She became a 2nd mom to my son and we are so much better...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Kayelyn Robinson - Provo, UT

Lupieta Uluave Lavaki
1959 ~ 2012

Our beloved wife and mother, Lupieta (Moala) `Ulu`ave Lavaki, was called back home to the presence of our loving Heavenly Father, Sunday morning December 16, 2012, at home at the side of her loving husband and family members.

Lupieta (Moala)`Ulu`ave Lavaki was born on September 23, 1959 to her loving parents Siosiua Taueli `Ulu`ave (Father) and Moala Hainoame Fehoko Vaikeli (Mother) in the village of Mu`a, on the island of `Eua, in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Moala was the fourth out of six children in her family. She lost her mother at the age of four and lost three sisters during her childhood, and her only remaining sister was then adopted and raised by an aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, her hard-working and loving father carried out both responsibilities of father and mother to Moala and her younger brother.

Growing up in the islands, she worked hard and accomplished her goal of being her school's captain each year. At the age of six she began to learn the responsibilities of being a mother and helped out with things such as laundry, ironing, cleaning, and cooking. With all her hard work in school, Moala was able to graduate from Queen Salote College at the age of 16 in 1975.

For a short time in 1976, Moala had the opportunity of being an elementary school teacher at GPS Angaha in Angaha, `Eua, Tonga. She accompanied her father, sister, and brother to live in the United States in September of that year. She had the opportunity to work at the Polynesian Cultural Center with her father and sister, as well as attend BYU-Hawaii.

In December 1977, Moala moved to Utah. In 1978 she was able to enter what was then UTC, now UVU, into their LPN-Nursing Program. She met her eternal companion and love, her husband, Falamoe `Oteine Lavaki, of Neiafu, Vava`u, Tonga. They were married on February 14, 1980 in Hau`ula, Hawaii. Through the examples and dedication of her husband, she was able to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Moala was baptized by her husband on January 15, 1983, in the Sunset 10th Tongan Branch in Provo, Utah. On December 8, 1984, Moala, her husband, and eldest son were sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo Temple.

With the work ethic and service that Moala was taught throughout her life, she was able to fulfill various callings within the Church from teacher in the Primary to being Relief Society President. She was a devoted member in the Sunset 12th Tongan Ward. Her recent calling was alongside her husband as Ward Family History Coordinator. She found great joy and had a great love for those she served in her various callings. She was devoted to fulfilling these responsibilities to the best of her abilities. She treasured her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and would always say, "Everything good in life that I learn of or come in contact with, I ALWAYS want to share with my family." Her life was dedicated to God, her family, and the gospel.

Lupieta (Moala)`Ulu`ave Lavaki is survived by many who love her: her husband; her sons, Sione `Alamoti Lavaki and Siosiua Falamoe Lavaki; her daughter-in-law, Meleane Lolohea Hokafonu and niece, Lupieta Losimani `Ulu`ave all of Provo; her sister, Lilipeti `Ulu`ave Folau (Sioeli Pulu) of Provo; her brother, Fosita `Ulu`ave (Leilani) and children Moala Ma`afu (Fili), Taueli `Ulu`ave, Fosita Jr. `Ulu`ave, Lilipeti `Ulu`ave, Tukuafu `Ulu`ave, Manu `Ulu`ave, and Sioeli `Ulu`ave, all of Orem; her brothers and sisters-in-law; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mosese Falamoe Lavaki; her parents; and her sisters `Ilaise `Ulu`ave, Losimani `Ulu`ave, and Mele Fusi `Ulu`ave.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at the Sunset 12th Tongan Ward at 1020 South 1100 West in Provo, Utah. A viewing will start at 8am to 10am, and services begin at 11am, followed immediately with burial at the Provo Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude and appreciation to all family and friends for their continuous love and support to our beloved wife and mother, Lupieta (Moala)`Ulu`ave Lavaki.

`Ofa Lahi Atu.

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