Her daughter Ann M. Dibb says the words “patience” and “love” best describe her mother who was often overlooked because of her quiet nature. “I am grateful for the gift she has given to all who have the eyes and the heart to see and recognize that gift,” said Ann M. Dibb said of her mother’s discreet life.
Frances Monson would rarely tell others about her service making her legacy hard to clearly comprehend.
“Sometimes when people ask, ‘So tell me about your mother’s acts of service,’ I don’t know because she never told me. That was between the individual she wanted to serve and her Heavenly Father,” Dibb said.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s Villa, an elder-care facility, presented Frances and her husband with the Continuum of Caring Humanitarian Award, honoring both of them for their dedicated and untiring service to the senior citizens of Utah, according to a Latter-day Saint news release.
Frances Monson served in the Relief Society and Primary and spent many hours preparing lessons for those callings. She also served alongside her husband when he was called to preside over the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario from 1959 to 1962, according to the LDS news release.
Frances was blessed with an endearing sense of humor, a part of which President Monson shared in a General Conference talk: “Several years ago my dear wife went to the hospital. She left a note behind for the children: ‘Dear children, do not let Daddy touch the microwave’ – followed by a comma ‘or the stove, or the dishwasher, or the dryer.’ I’m embarrassed to add any more to that list.”
Frances Monson was also a woman people can relate to.
“She has had disappointments. She has had challenges. She’s had fears that she’s needed to face and she’s done so in such a strong and admirable manner,” said Dibb.
Dibb says as a teenager she saw and heard her parents privately pray for each of their chidlren and smiled as she said their prayers would grow longer with each marriage and grandchild in the family.
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