“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln. On Friday, April 22, our angel mother, grandmother, and friend became an angel in the heavens. \n\nTonga Seely Titcomb was born June 3rd, 1941, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Que H. and Eva (Tolman) Seely. She was the big sister to her beloved brother, R. Bruce Seely. She spent most of her childhood years in the sweet little town of Mount Pleasant, Utah. This place to her was most dear. She had story after story to share of her wholesome and happy childhood there among the sagebrush and cattle lands of central Utah. \n\nTonga met and married Ronald Titcomb in 1963 in the Manti Temple. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved being a member of The Church. It brought her much joy and peace. There wasn’t a week that went by that she wasn’t praying for someone or putting their name on a prayer list for additional blessings and protection. \n\nTonga’s name would forever carve out the uniqueness in her life. The story told is that her father served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Dakotas, teaching Native Americans. Their name for him was Cheta Tonga. When her father returned home and married Eva, he told Eva that his mission meant so much to him that he wanted to name his first child Cheta Tonga. Eva stopped him right there and told him you can’t put that kind of name on a child. So, he acquiesced for the shortened version of Tonga. It takes a remarkable person to carry a name so unique and special as Tonga. She represents all that her father held dear and a name that got her stopped wherever she went. \n\nTonga was a lover of people and more than that, was a lover of serving people. She learned early on what it meant to serve from her father and mother, who served their community tirelessly their entire lives. Tonga was the epitome of the scripture “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you.” She quietly went about helping others through ways that spoke to them, without the desire for recognition or reward. She didn’t just pick the easy service tasks. Her life was about the nitty gritty of what it meant to help others. \n\nTonga could have single-handedly kept the paper towel and toilet paper industries in business. She loved her paper rolls and her towels. There wasn’t a room in the house that didn’t have a roll of something to use for any number of tasks at hand. And if the paper version didn’t work, then a bath towel was the ultimate solution. It was a unique little quirk she continued throughout her life. \n\nAnd finally, Tonga’s greatest love, aside from her family, was the color purple and elephants. Those who knew her knew she put purple in her home wherever she could find room, from carpet to pillows to toilets. And elephants poured into her life as gifts from family and friends. Purple symbolizes love and compassion and that fit her to a tee. \n\nIt's not easy to sum up Tonga’s life in a few paragraphs. She taught, loved, served, prayed, and stayed committed to all she put her heart into. She tried to be a friend to all. \n\nGone from us that smiling face,\nThe cheerful pleasant ways,\nThe heart that won so many friends,\nIn bygone, happy days.\nA life made beautiful by kindly deeds,\nA helping hand for others’ needs.\nTo a beautiful life,\nComes a happy end,\nShe died as she lived,\nEveryone’s friend.\n--Unknown\n\nTonga is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Francis Titcomb, her parents, Que H. and Eva (Tolman) Seely, and her brother, R. Bruce Seely (Dorothy).\n\nTonga is survived by her children: R. Mark Titcomb (Mindi), Monte Q. Titcomb (Cindy), Jeff L. Titcomb (Alfred W. Huddleston III), Eva M. Freeman (Rob), Connie A. O’Barr (Dan), 15 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.\n\nFuneral Services will be held on April 27, 2022, at 11:00 AM with a viewing held prior, at 9:30 AM. Viewing and funeral address is 6100 South Kamas Drive, Taylorsville Utah (LDS church). Graveside services to follow at the Mount Pleasant, Utah cemetery for family and close friends. \n\nFor those unable to attend the funeral, it will be streamed via zoom using Zoom ID 941 5218 8883\n\nThe family would like to thank Elevation Hospice of Utah for their kindness and dedication in the last months of Tonga’s life.