The Nursing fraternity in Samoa is in mourning.
On Monday evening, they came together under the umbrella of the Samoa Nurses Association to remember and celebrate the life of one of their own, long-serving nurse and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, Peseta Eseta Faafeū Hope, who has been called home.
The service was held at Moto’otua. One of the nurses who paid tribute to Peseta was the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Nursing, Leveti Auvaa, who recalled a hardworking woman. “She was one of the greatest leaders in the circle of leaders at the Nursing Centre,” she said.
“She was the kind of leader that will fight for what benefits the association and she was the kind of person that once she sets her mind on something she will want to do it straight away.
“During our time as leaders of the Nursing centre whenever I feel like giving up she will always know what to say to encourage me not to give up easily.”
Manager of the Family Health Association, Liai Iosefa, couldn’t agree more with Ms. Auvaa.
“In 2006, Peseta became a member of the Family Health Association; in 2010 she was chosen as a board member of the association, in 2011 she was chosen as a General Secretary of the Association until 2013 when she was selected to be the Treasurer of the Association until 2016.
“She had so many talents and a gift from God which is a kind heart and a loving person and she always put other people’s needs before hers. “What I mean by this is that every time we go on meetings, I would be arguing for what is good for Samoa but she would be fighting for what is good for the whole Pacific.
“This shows that she has the heart for everyone and she doesn’t favour just one person but everyone she knows needs help.”
In tears, Ms. Iosefa said Peseta’s life was one that was well lived.
“You might be gone from us in the flesh but you will always be remembered through the work that you have done not only for the nursing association but also at the N.U.S.” The C.E.O. of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, acknowledged Peseta’s contribution to Samoa.
“I didn’t have much time to spend with her in the Ministry but there is one thing that I do remember is that she was a woman of many styles,” he said.
“I always smile when I see her come to my office because she will be wearing these earrings, and dresses and she wouldn’t care what anyone says as long as she is comfortable with what she was wearing. “She was a hardworking person and once she sets her mind on something she would want to work on it straight away.”
Survived by her three children, the 57-year-old will be laid to rest tomorrow at Moata’a.