Once a Fijian deaconess, Loloma Tukai Tali lived a life of kindness, adventure, love of God and of people wherever she was - in Fiji, in Vanuatu, in Australia. She was born in Arnhem Land, Australia daughter of Fijian Methodist missionary parents working with the aborigines, then raised and educated in Fiji and later worked in Vanuatu in the Presbyterian church there
Yesterday morning Loloma passed away at Cobram, Victoria, Australia, where her husband Tom Tali was the pastor of the Uniting Church. We have known Loloma from the time she was a deaconess and stayed with us in Rakiraki doing outreach work in the Fiji Indian community. I spent today quietly reading the book she recently wrote - her memoir of a life of devotion to God and service, and she certainly had the patience of Job going through so many difficulties. Two months ago in Geelong her friends put on a surprise birthday party for Loloma which was to be a farewell party really as she and we knew that her serious illness meant time was running out. A delightful person. Farewell Loloma.
In her book she wrote: I would have liked to have shared my life with Tom, our children, grandchildren, family and friends a little longer. But looking back, I thank God for all the blessings He has poured into my life and I accept His plan for me with peace in my heart.