Olivia Maumalanga Katoa

On Monday evening, January 11, 2021, Olivia Maumalanga Katoa, loving wife, mother & grandmother, was called back home at the age of 49.

Olivia was born on May 8, 1971 on the Island of Tonga. She and her family migrated to the U.S. in hopes for a better future, where she found just that. After spending most of her upbringing in Inglewood, California, she met her husband to be, and soulmate for eternity, Lopini Katoa. Together, the two moved to Euless, Texas, where they raised ten children (nine boys and one girl). They later moved to and settled in Utah, where they welcomed four new additions to their family, in the form of her first grandchildren, whom she loved and cared for until the day she left this earth.

Olivia had a beaming personality, and a laugh that filled the room to go with it. She spent 17 years working at SkyWest Airlines, where she would brighten everyone’s day with her infectious smile, and sassy sarcasm. Although she seemed tough on the outside, she was a loving mother figure to all those she came in contact with. She provided unconditional love and affection to all those around her, and always put others before herself.

She loved all of her children fiercely and lived a life of service and gratitude. When she wasn’t working, Olivia spent most of her time with her grandchildren or traveling with her husband. She was spontaneous and had a passion for anything that involved being with her family.

Olivia is survived and remembered by her husband Lopini, her nine sons, Fotu, Simione, Sampson, Judah, Bill, Isaac, James, Thor, Solomone and daughter Melesiu, three granddaughters and three grandsons.

There will be a family and friends viewing on Monday, January 18, from 6:00-8:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Stake Center Chapel), 1295 S 3000 E Street, Saint George, 84790.

Funeral service is on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Stake Center Chapel), 1295 S 3000 E Street, St. George, 84790. A public viewing is available from 9:30am – 10:30am before the service. Family viewing and closing of the casket is from 10:30am – 11:00am. Interment is at Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.




6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Second Visitation

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Stake Center Chapel)
1295 S 3000 E Street, St. George, 84790


Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

Guest Book

6 Responses

  1. Dear Lo and family;
    How sorry I am for you loss. What a wonderful woman Oli was!! So grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ that offers hope in times like these. Just know we love you and pray for you!

    Debbie Woodard

  2. Your sweet angel will watch over you all. She will continue to love, guide and bless you. She will never leave you. My family & I are so honored to know and love Oli as she made such a long lasting impact for good in our lives. Love you forever Oli! Love you Lo, children and grandchildren. Anne Pikula & family xoxoxo

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the Katoa Family. Although we did not know you well, we are grateful for the blessing of having Fotu as part of our family. May your family find peace, comfort and understanding from our loving Heavenly Father during the many difficult days ahead.

  4. My Jimmy, bros, sis, Popa:
    My heart is broken – for all the world will miss your mamma! Wow! She loved you!

  5. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Although we didn’t know you well, we are grateful for the blessing of having Fotu as part of our eternal family. May our Heavenly Father send his choices blessing to each one of you during this time and the many difficult days ahead. Scott and Susan Beckstrom and family [Lynsie’s parents]

  6. To the Katoa Family – As I am still reeling at the loss of our beautiful Oli in my life, my heart goes out to you for how much you her wonderful husband, sons and daughter have to be hurting. Lo you have temporarily been separated from the love of your life. May you continue to find comfort knowing you have an eternity together in front of you. To Oli’s amazing children – I know how much she loved you all as she talked of you constantly. May you find the strength to live the life she wanted for all of you. Please know that my heart is here with you and Oli will never be forgotten by those closest to her. Thanks to all of you for sharing her with me and everyone who loved her. I know I am very blessed to have her as part of my life and a sister of my heart – Much love to you!

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