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Palu Vava'u Cousins laid to rest at Houma

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

'Anaseini Palu Vava'u Tupou Cousins (89) was laid to rest at Kolomanatau Cemetery in Houma on Saturday afternoon, February 16.

She was Queen Nanasipau'u's aunt and younger sister of the late Baron Vaea of Houma and late Baroness Fatafehi 'o Lapaha Tuita.

Palu Vava'u died on February 9 at Fangasiale residence in Fasi.

The cortege was transported from Fangasiale to Kolomanatau cemetery for burial last Saturday afternoon. The funeral was attended by King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u, with families and friends.

Palu Vava'u was the fourth of nine children born to Viliami Vilai Vakalotu Tupou and Tupouseini Manumatavai Vaea Tupou. She married her late husband a British national, Richard Cripps Cousins in 1955, in Nuku'alofa. They had no children.

According to her family, Palu Vava'u loved singing and performing the traditional tau'olunga dance. She had composed a number of popular Tongan songs including Sei 'o Fafine and Lupe'uluiva.