Sera Gilmour, 62, of Central Point, Ore., passed away Monday, January 23, 2012, at her home. She was born Fa'asaulala Mekuli in the small village of A'ufaga on the South Coast of the Island of Upolu, Samoa, on January 5, 1950, to Lefue and Fa'amita Mekuli.

Our family was shaken to its core by the unexpected and sudden passing of Sera. She had qualities of gentleness,

caring and forgiveness that sustained all of us through good times and bad for many decades.

After a tumultuous three-day courtship, Sera married Dr.

David Gilmour on May 21, 1977, in Apia, Western Samoa.

After four years in New Mexico and Hawaii, they settled down in Central Point, Ore., in 1981. Over the next three decades, Dave and Sera refurbished an old historic house, until it became a part of them. Every nook and cranny of the home is still filled with her essence.

Sera received her diploma from Samoa College. She was a homemaker and took pride in her roses and flowers, and had the capacity to bring even dying plants back to life.

Sera became a good friend to many, and would literally give the shirt off her back to help friends in need. She also had an incredible capacity to forgive those who may have hurt her. She was a very spiritual person, with strong Christian beliefs since her childhood. Reading her Samoan bible and singing Samoan hymns gave her great comfort and kept her

grounded.

Sera also had love of things very secular, such as Elvis songs, and "The Sound of Music." Her greatest joy was her children, Marietta and Scott, and her toddler grandson, Preston, who she saw weekly on Skype.

Sera is survived by her husband, Dr. David Gilmour; son, Scott Gilmour, of Central Point, Ore.; daughter, Marietta Stanley, of Auckland, New Zealand; grandson, Preston Stanley, of Auckland, New Zealand; sisters, Falole Auega and Lisa Mekuli, of New Zealand; brothers, Pati Mekuli, of Samoa, Samu Mekuli, of New Zealand and Sopo Mekuli, of Central Point, Ore. She was preceded in death by her brother, Tiketi Mekuli; father, Lefue Mekuli; and mother, Fa'amita Mekuli.

Some people pass through their lives having no more impact on other than footsteps in the sand. But not Sera, She will be imbedded in out hearts until the time that we too pass. Tofa Sera.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2012, at the First Church of God, 2000 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford, Ore., with Pastor White of the Central Point Adventist Church officiating. A Samoan language service will be held at the same address 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2012, with pastor Oliva Safotu officiating.