Photo contributed by Leini Ena
Community members are raising money for the family of a former Hermiston volleyball coach who died Wednesday from complications from childbirth.
Priscilla Iliganoa Ena Boyd, 30, is survived by her newborn son Alovale, her husband Cole Boyd and sons Tupou, 7; Faafiaula, 6; Viliamu, 3; and Sone, 1 and a large extended family.
Her sister-in-law Leini Ena said Priscilla was a funny, warm, giving person, but one of the things that most stood out about her was that she was an “amazing mother” to her sons.
“She definitely had her hands full, but she loved those boys so much and always made sure they had everything they needed,” Leini said.
She said Priscilla always went above and beyond for her friends, was active in her church and loved being part of any community she lived in. She moved from Hermiston to Fayetteville, Tennessee, less than two years ago to be closer to her husband’s family, but her parents Siu and Fuamai Ena still live in Hermiston.
“She had a great big laugh and a great sense of humor, just like her dad,” Leini said.
Priscilla was a standout athlete during her time at Hermiston High School, competing in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was often listed in East Oregonian sports articles as a top-scoring player in varsity girls’ basketball games.
“She was an athlete three seasons out of the year in high school,” Leini said. “She loved competition.”
She later coached freshman volleyball for the high school.
A GoFundMe account, which can be found at www.gofundme.com/support-for-enaboyd-family, had raised more than $13,000 of its $100,000 goal by Friday evening. Leini said family and friends of the Ena Boyd family hope that the boys will “never feel the financial impact of not having a mother.”
Several of the condolences left for the family on the GoFundMe page called Priscilla a “beautiful person,” inside and out.
“So many of my best memories were made with Priscilla,” wrote Adelita Bentley. “Her silly, sweet, generous and warm spirit made this earth a better place.”
Leini said Friday that newborn Alovale has not been released from the hospital yet but is doing well.
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