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Phyllis Lee Fuimaono

May 26, 1947 — January 31, 2024

Blue Springs

Phyllis Lee Fuimaono, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on January 31, 2024, in Blue Springs, Missouri. She was born on May 26, 1947, in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Ramona (Schmuck) Heise. Phyllis was a vibrant and loving individual who touched the lives of those around her with her infectious joy.


Growing up in Kansas City, Phyllis attended Center High School where she created lasting memories with friends who became like family. After graduating, Phyllis embarked on a journey of love and devotion as she married Sialao Fuimaono. Together, they built a life filled with happiness and an unbreakable bond.


Phyllis had a zest for life that could not be contained. Her warm and caring personality radiated through every interaction she had. She brought love and laughter to every room she entered, making everyone feel welcomed and cherished. Phyllis had a way of making others feel special and valued, and her presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.


Phyllis took immense pride in her family. As a dedicated wife to Sialao and a nurturing mother to her seven children, she was the cornerstone of their lives. Phyllis poured her heart into caring for her children and ensuring their well-being. Her love knew no bounds as she selflessly put others before herself.


In addition to being an exceptional wife and mother, Phyllis adored being a grandmother to her 25 grandchildren and a great-grandmother to her 9 precious great-grandchildren. Family gatherings were filled with laughter as she reveled in the joy of watching the younger generations thrive.


Phyllis found solace and pleasure in her hobbies and interests. She was fond of Scrabble and often engaged in friendly competitions that brought loved ones closer together. Phyllis loved to dance, finding joy and freedom in the rhythm of any kind of music. She even belonged to the Red Hat Ladies, where she formed lasting friendships and cherished memories.


Phyllis will forever be remembered as someone who lived life to the fullest. Her vivacious spirit will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her. Though her physical presence may be gone, the memories created with Phyllis will remain etched in our hearts forever.


Visitation services for Phyllis will be held on February 5, 2024, at Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence, Missouri, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. A funeral service will follow 10:00 am to 11:00 am. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens in Independence, Missouri.


Phyllis is survived by her children Cynthia (Imran) Shahid, Oliana Masoner, Lene (Alexis) Fuimaono, Carrie (Roderick) Johnson, Musu (Kanani) Fuimaono, and Mimio (Mabel) Fuimaono; 25 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in passing by her husband, Sialao Fuimaono; parent, Harold and Ramona Heise; and son, David Painter.


Phyllis Lee Fuimaono leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and unwavering devotion. While we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the beautiful life she lived and the memories she bestowed upon us all. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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