A final aloha for State Health Director Loretta Fuddy
It was a final farewell for State Health Director Loretta Fuddy. Her funeral service was held on Saturday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa.
Hundreds showed up to say their personal good-byes to Fuddy. The sermons echoed her praise as a humble, smart and soulful person. Fuddy, a longtime choir member at St. Theresa's devoted much of her time at the church. Her faith was rooted in the Catholic Church.
"She was a deeply spiritual person. She was totally committed to the values of her faith, that was one of the first things that struck me when we met," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie during his remarks at the funeral.
"I reappointed her to the pastor of council, to the finance council and the school board. Sometimes she was here at the church more than I was," said the director of St. Theresa.
Fuddy, was returning from Kalaupapa on Dec. 11th when the plane she and eight others were on crashed. Fuddy died after she and the others got out of the plane.
"I think this is a celebration. It's obviously been a shock for everyone. You never know what's going to happen, so it's an emotional time for everyone, but I think this set us on a right path forward," said Gary Gill with the Department of Health.
"We heard so many wonderful things all week long about her accomplishments with the health department and I thought 'Oh they don't know the true Deliana (Fuddy),' but then I realized when I saw everyone here that everyone knew the person I knew. The wonderful, warm, joyful and giving person," said friend Julie Norwell.
She was loved by many but, her family members gave the final aloha.
Abercrombie ordered flags be flown at half staff until the sun sets on Saturday. Department of Health officials say she's left an aggressive agenda that remains unfinished, which they will try their best to move forward with.
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