God broke the mold when He brought Ana Salu Tuilaepa into this world on October 29, 1949. Born to the late Elesa Padua and Salu Tuilaepa in Fato’ia Upolu, Western Samoa, Ana was born a twin to Lesa Logotala who preceded her in death. The eldest of 10 children, Ana and Lesa had to help their mom take care of their siblings which set the framework for the hardworking, no-nonsense lady Ana would be known as to those she met and connected with in the years to come.
In the 1960’s the family moved to Hawaii where Ana went to school and later joined the Job Corps. While still in Hawaii, Ana raised two sons, Renaldo “Reno” and Ronald “Ronnie”. Later in life Ana ventured off to the mainland visiting Texas and Virginia before making her home in Leesville South Carolina. Ana carried a longtime career at Shealy’s Bar-B-Que making a host of lifelong friends-turned-family with whom she laughed, gossiped, partied, traveled and explored with. Some of her favorite things were coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, Al Green, watching her shows, her dogs and of course her “kids”. No matter what life threw her way, she conquered it with the utmost strength and unmatched sassiness.
In the later years of life, Ana fought a long & hard health battle and nevertheless stayed strong up until her last breath on June 28, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family, exactly where she wanted to be.
Ana is reunited with her dearly missed father, mother and twin sister; another sister, Mealefu Tuilaepa; two brothers, Taumoeae and Siaosi Tuilaepa.
Continuing to cherish her memories are: her sons, Reno Fruean of Hawaii and Ronald (Shemika) Hill of the home; step-daughter, Jo Ann Taylor; her siblings, two brothers, Salu “Imi” (Toniva) of Colorado and Sale “Charlie” Tuilaepa of Hawaii; three sisters, Maria (Elias) Koko, Ludie Padua and Rose Padua of Hawaii; she was Nana and Grandma to Ronnell, Xavier (Alisha), Caylee Hill, Joshua Wise, Alenamari (Brent) Haiola, Renolds Ikaika (Sarah), Clint Kaulauna, Pualani, Leena and Ferron Tuanua Fruean. Her blessings continued as she became Great-Grandma to Sarai and Lucille DeLeon, Ramzee, Ramzen, Ramzak, Renzlee, Ramzek, Renzlen, Ramzel, Renzlana, and Ramziah Fruean, Blayne Jr “Kalei” and Shiloh Haiola, Hezekiah Fruean, and Elias Fruean; two dogs, Bella “Tina” and Roxie “Rocky”; one brother-in-law, John (Alice) Levels, Sr.; six sisters-in-law, Vivian and Eva Tuilaepa, Mary Jones, Ethel Butler, Corine Dennis and Ann Cook; a host of nieces, nephews and many family and friends who will truly miss this feisty lady.
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