Akosita Fehikitaki Vailea Kaufusi, age 83, of Ballard, passed away June 5, 2013, at the Sr. Villa Hospice surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Ofu, Vava'u, Tonga, to Siale and Mele Vealoloko Tu'iholoaki Vailea. She married Sione Matekuoaonga Kaufusi in 1948 in Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Akosita was a very strong lady who liked to sew and knit blankets. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, converting when she was in Tonga. Her greatest joy was her family and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Sione, of Ballard; children, Taufa Vaka (Mele) Kaufusi, Roosevelt; Fololenisi (Sione) Tukuafu, Tonga; Kelo (Vaieiki) Kaufusi, Roosevelt; Eseta (Amoni) Maile, Roosevelt; Teu (Maloni) Uasila'a, Tonga; Filipe (Kilistina) Kaufusi, Kearns; Vaka Kaufusi, Roosevelt; 58 grandchildren; several great-and great-great grandchildren; brother Paula Vailea, Tonga; and a sister Ana Lefi, Australia.
Preceded in death by her grandson, Semisi Naupoto.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at the Ballard LDS Chapel. There will be a viewing on Friday at the Roosevelt 4th Ward Chapel Cultural Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. and then at 9 a.m. Saturday back at the Ballard LDS Chapel.
Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared at www.hullingermortuary.com.