Early Friday morning, Frances Beverly Monson passed away. Sister Monson was the beloved wife of President Monson, and the mother of their three children, Thomas, Ann and Clark. She met her husband in 1944 after he saw her perform in a production of “Hello Dolly”*, and one cannot help but fondly wonder how much this influenced his well-known love of musicals.
Sister Monson, the youngest of five children and only daughter, grew up in Salt Lake City. Like so many of her generation, growing up in the Depression influenced her and accorded her thrift and resourcefulness. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoyed math and science, which served her well in her accounting job, which she used to pay for college.
Sister and President Monson were married on 7 October 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. She spent her life supporting her husband in his work and callings, and raising her family.
We send love, support, prayers and comfort to President Monson and their children during this time. Read more about Sister Monson’s life and service here.
*Update: the two met at a University of Utah “Hello Day Dance”, not at a performance of “Hello Dolly”. Thanks to Publius for the correction.