Aloma Call Hussey
“Time to go see Noble”
Aloma Call Hussey returned to her Father in heaven, her husband, and her other loving family members on December 2, 2011. She passed away peacefully in her home in Downey, surrounded by her sons. Aloma was born in her family home in Wayan, Idaho, on May 26, 1926. She is the daughter of Frank and Mili Mili Kapaki Call, and enjoyed growing up in a large family. This family had strong bonds, and the brothers and sisters remained close throughout their lives.
She grew up in Wayan, Idaho, and loved her life in Grays Lake. She went on an LDS Mission in Hawaii from 1950 to 1952. Coming from a small, quiet corner of the world, the trip to Salt Lake City for missionary training and then by ship to Hawaii was an overwhelming experience for her. But once she reached Hawaii, the beauty of her mother’s homeland and her love for missionary work quickly replaced her apprehension. Her missionary experiences gave her more knowledge of her Hawaiian heritage, which she proudly enjoyed and shared with others throughout her life.
While on her mission she met Noble Wahiawa Hussey, a handsome young soldier home from leave in active Military Service in Korea. Before she met him she heard others in the ward, mostly young women, exclaiming in hushed tones that “Noble is going to be here today”! Before church he had gone to the mountains to gather maile leaves and then to make leis for women in the ward. When he made his grand appearance, with arms laden with maile leis for all the women at church, Aloma’s first thought was “What if I marry him?” Being the good missionary that she was, she kept that thought to herself. But apparently Noble had similar thoughts, because when he returned to Korea he began to correspond with the beautiful young missionary he had met so briefly in his home ward. They corresponded for the rest of his tour of duty in Korea, and continued to correspond after he was re-stationed in Washington State. When he finished his Army service, he thought “I think I’ll go visit Aloma on my way home to Hawaii.” He did come to Idaho to visit Aloma, but he did not make it back to Hawaii. They were married on October 13, 1952 in the Idaho Falls temple. They lived in Soda Springs and Downey, Idaho.
Aloma and Noble were strongly devoted to each other and to their children. They worked hard and sacrificed all their lives. From time to time Aloma worked in various jobs, but her real job, which she was passionate about, was always being a devoted wife and mother.
Aloma and Noble were involved in many activities over the years, but were best known for singing “The Hawaiian Wedding Song”. They performed this song for hundreds of couples, helping people begin the celebration of their new lives together. If you knew Noble and Aloma at all, it is likely that they sang this at your wedding reception, or at the wedding reception of someone else you know.
She was active in the LDS church. She served as Relief Society President, and in various other positions, and enjoyed every opportunity to serve. She loved singing in the Madrigal Choir and in the Downey singing mothers. She and Noble loved a joint calling they had as the Ward Directors of the Young Marrieds.
She is survived by one sister, Eliza Lei Sibbett (Wayan), her sons, Curtis and wife Patti of Fairhope, AL, Clinton of Downey, and Pono and wife Catrina, of Idaho Falls. Aloma’s grandchildren include: Curtis’s children, Kyle, of San Diego, Ca, Ryan of Houston, Tx, Lehua and husband Kyle DeLong of Pleasant Grove, Ut, and stepdaughter Michael Lee and husband Mike Hollingshaus of Salt Lake City, Ut, and Pono’s sons, Oakley, Olsen, Otis and Ocean, all of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The family expresses gratitude to the Downey First Ward for their love and support, and to Aloma’s health and hospice care workers. The other family members express special thanks to Clint for his care, allowing Aloma to remain at home until her death.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Downey LDS 1st Ward chapel. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday from 11:00-12:45p.m. prior to the service.
Aloma Call Hussey