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Sela Leolani Latu

08/27/1978 - 08/16/2019

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Our beautiful, loving, and vivacious daughter, sister, aunt and wife has returned home to our Heavenly Father as of Friday, August 16th, 2019 at the vibrant age of 40.

Sela Leolani Latu was born in Kahuku, Hawaii, daughter of Paea He lotu Tulimafua and the late Iki Talaiasi Tulimafua. Sela was married and sealed to the love of her life, her eternal companion, Sateki Malani Latu, in the Salt Lake Temple, December 13th, 2008. She served a full-time mission as Hermana Tulimafua for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the McAllen Texas Mission, Spanish Speaking. Among her many accomplishments, she was a devoted daughter of our Father in Heaven and fulfilled many church callings from Relief Society President, President of the Young Women, Primary Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, and various callings in between.

Sela is survived by her mother, Paea, her husband, Sateki, her brother, Viliami (Anya) Tulimafua, niece Paea Helotu-Leolani Tulimafua, as well as many aunties, uncles, and cousins. She had a smile that could light up a room and laugh that was contagious. Known as “Miss Aloha” to her family, she made friends easily and was the kind of person you wanted as your friend forever. The loss of Sela was hard-hitting and sudden. She will be missed by all her loved ones tremendously; however, we know she was welcomed with open arms by those who have been waiting patiently on the other side of the veil for her.

Funeral services will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Larkin Mortuary, 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Bishop’s Program & Burial Service
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 11:45 – Family Viewing,
12:00 pm – Bishop’s Program
Location: 1621 South 1100 East SALT LAKE CITY, Utah 84105
(Followed by Burial Service at Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 N St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84103)

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  • Condolences to both Sela and Halamalu’s family. Unexpected death is always fall harder right in front of us. But because of the gospel, it help us cope with love ones leaving and embrace God to assist in the healing process. Love you guys very much. Sela will always be remembered for her kindness, love and service to others. ‘Ofa atu Halamalu 🙏🏽

    — ‘Alapuku Pasi
  • Dear family and friends of Sela,

    My name is Shandice Johnson, a coworker of Sela’s at WGU. Like many others here at WGU, my heart is completely broken at the loss of such a wonderful woman. We feel her loss tremendously. I cannot imagine the pain and grief each of you feels and I send every ounce of love I have to you. Sela was always so happy and kind. Many times, she lifted my spirits so without even realizing I was having a hard day. It seemed when whenever I was feeling insecure or a bit lonely, she showed up with a smile and a friendly word. I will never be able to fully express how much that meant to me.

    One of the first things you learned about Sela was how much she loved her family. She spoke with such love and devotion and often told funny stories. You just knew she was part of a truly special and loving family. I am so grateful to have known her. She made this world better by being in it. My thoughts and love are with you all as you go through this heartbreaking loss. I wish you every comfort in the coming days.

    With great love,
    Shandice Johnson

    — Shandice Johnson
  • Paea, I was so sad to hear of the lose of your daughter. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge of eternal families. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    — Debbie Medina

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