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LDS Church Volunteer Malia Luisa Lafu Saulala Recognized as Oakland’s Mother of the Year

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Nephew Dave Moala; Elder Jay D. Pimentel; Malia Saulala, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Malia Luisa Latu Saulala has been recognized as the City of Oakland’s 2017 Mother of the Year. Malia is the mother of thirteen children, five or her own and eight adopted. She was raised as a Catholic in Tonga, and at the age of 19 moved to American Samoa where she met her husband and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They moved to the United States in 1976 and she soon became very involved in her Oakland neighborhood.

Malia has worked tirelessly in her community, serving on the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council. In 2001 she received the Silver Beaver Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

As a faithful Mormon, Malia actively volunteers as an early morning Seminary instructor where she teaches a Bible and Scripture class to high school students each day before they go to school. She also helps lead the 3-11 year old Primary youth program and has served as a Sunday School teacher, women’s organization Relief Society President, and Cub Scout leader. .

At the public Mother of the Year ceremony, held at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland, Elder Jay D. Pimentel, a local leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered his thoughts about Sister Saulala.

ElderPimentel said, “She is a living example of what the Bible asks – that we extend our influence for good beyond the ‘bushel’ of our own individual lives.”

Elder Pimentel told the audience that he has known Sister Saulala for 25 years and believed her to very deserving of this recognition, adding “She is miraculous in her service in her immediate family, in her extended family, in her neighborhood, in her church, in the Cub Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America, and in the community.”

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B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Opens Its Doors to Feed hundreds of Asian Americans in San Leandro

Since 2020, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) has fed hundreds of families in San Leandro and Oakland through their Feed My Sheep Program. 

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Volunteers feed the community/ Photo Courtesy of Mustafa Muhyee, Pastor B.A.S.I.C. MINISTRY

Since 2020, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) has fed hundreds of families in San Leandro and Oakland through their Feed My Sheep Program. 

Located at 1221 Pacific Ave. in San Leandro, B.A.S.I.C. Ministry feeds hundreds of Asian American families every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Members of B.A.S.I.C. Ministry and people in the community volunteers distribute bags of groceries and fresh vegetables.  

Also, on Wednesdays the church distributes hot meals to hundreds of families on the corner of 98th and Edes in Oakland at noon.

Lisa, a young adult Asian American woman, standing in line with her elderly mother, said “Many people in our community can’t afford to buy food.  This really helps.

B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Pastor Mustafah Muhyee says “since the pandemic he has seen a rise in families needing food.” To help us end hunger in our communities call the church at (510) 961-8781. To donate funds, go to www.jointhamovement.com  

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Marvin Norman, 55

Marvin Norman of Oakland and Antioch, California, died at the age of 55 after enduring a ferocious battle with COVID-19 for more than four months.

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Marvin Norman

Marvin Norman of Oakland and Antioch, California, died at the age of 55 after enduring a ferocious battle with COVID-19 for more than four months.

He transitioned on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Santa Clara, CA.  

Marvin Gay Norman was born on Jan.19, 1966, in Houma, Louisiana, the son of Dennis Norman Sr. and Cora Mae Prevost.  He was the youngest of eight children.  

After moving to California in 1991, he met and married Terri (Gray) on April 20, 1996. Married for more than 25 years, they built a loving family.  

In 2000, he was hired as a longshoreman, becoming a crane operator at the Port of Oakland.  Together with his ILWU 10 brothers and sisters, he worked on the docks, moving products through the Port terminals. 

Marvin Norman was a religious man.  Most important to him was having a family, being a husband and providing for his family. He enjoyed his life and those around him, always ready with a smile and southern hospitality.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking and was an avid fan of all sports, especially football.  He was a dedicated fan of the New Orleans Saints and the Morehouse College football team. 

He would make a yearly trip to support his youngest son’s game.  When his children were younger, he would often cheer and coach from the sidelines at their soccer, football and basketball games. 

 Additionally, he was a great cook, pouring love and a smile into the meals he prepared.

His happiest moments were being able to spend time with his family and friends, which included his four dogs.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and the family members Darrell “Flick” Norman, Evette Norman and Angela Norman.

He is survived by his wife Terri Norman; daughter Marshante Roberts and three sons Marvin “Smurf” Jones, Joshua James Norman and Daniel Isiah Norman; seven grandchildren, ages, 13, 7, 6, 5 and 3; as well as siblings: Ralph Hayes, Inez Williams, Bettie Jean Norman, Carnell Norman, Connie Berry, Dennis Norman, Jr., Bernadette Norman, and Mary Butler; by his in-laws Sam Brownstone and Virginia Brownstone; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 Condolences may be sent to 4735 Crestone Needle Way, Antioch, CA  94531.

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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