Obituary: Vaifoa Taimi Love


Vaifoa Taimi Love, 81, of Holly Pond, passed away on September 13, 2021. Vai was born April 22, 1940, in Pago Pago, America Samoa, to Ti and FaaVela Taimi.

Vai was a long-time resident of the Union Grove community, and she enjoyed attending church at Union Grove Presbyterian Church. She loved her job at Tyson Foods, in Blount County, and she worked there for over 20 years. Vai made many friends in both her community and at Tyson, and she enjoyed spending time with her friends and neighbors. Ms. Love was an adoring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her babies, and she supported them in everything they did. Vai also loved her brothers and sisters dearly, as well as her nieces and nephews. Vai was loved by many, and she will be missed greatly by many.

Ms. Love is preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children: Esther Williams, Michelle and Shane Stallings, Lisa and Adam Turner and Linda and Shawn Johnson; grandchildren: Heather and Guy Rickman, Taylor Stallings, Regan Johnson, Kaylee Stallings, Libby Stallings, Austin Taimi, Bella Taimi, Blake Turner and Kara Turner; great-granddaughter: Madyson Rickman and a brother: Tei Taimi.

Graveside services for Vai will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 17, 2021, in Union Grove Cemetery. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the cemetery from 10:30 a.m. until services begin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Vai.

Holly Pond Funeral Home is honored to serve the Love family.