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Final Farewell For Famed Masi Designer

Friends and family members turned up in numbers yesterday at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery in Suva to farewell Makereta Domo Matemosi, the woman behind the livery design for Fiji Airways aircraft.
02 May 2015 10:29
Final Farewell For Famed Masi Designer
Pallbearers carry the casket of Makereta Matemosi at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery yesterday. Photo: Luisa Qiolevu

Friends and family members turned up in numbers yesterday at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery in Suva to farewell Makereta Domo Matemosi, the woman behind the livery design for Fiji Airways aircraft.

Mrs Matemosi died last Sunday after a short illness.

Earlier, at the Christadelphia Bible Mission Church on Mead Road, those who attended her funeral service spoke highly of someone they described as cool, calm, friendly and caring.

Speaking on behalf of the vanua was Mrs Matemosi’s close relative Tukana Rokobuli, who described her as a woman with a big heart who cared more about her family and a little of herself.

“Makereta was very unique and no one will ever replace her smiling face. She was well-mannered and that showed the type of family background she had,” Mr Rokobuli said.

“She has touched the hearts of everyone who came to know her and, most importantly, she maintained her role as the clan’s matanivanua (herald).

Jitoko Soko, another family member, said she was most happy while engaged in her masi designs.

“She was a loving mother and she loved to make masi designs. That made her known nationwide,” he said.

“Makereta was a very humble lady despite the family’s hardship. She was always happy and very religious.”

Church members described Mrs Matemosi as a strong pillar in her home and a faithful person who was always supportive to her husband in raising her children.

One said her belief in unity and diversity reflected in the true meaning of her design, now made famous by Fiji Airways.

Mrs Matemosi, who was to have turned 54 this month, was survived by her husband and four children.

Her lasting legacy is the design on the Fiji Airways fleet, which the airline carries the world over.

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