Mormon church gives update on funeral plans for Frances Monson
More details about the upcoming funeral of Frances J. Monson, wife of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, were released Tuesday.
Officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed that Thursday's services for Mrs. Monson would be televised live. Stations and web sites planning to carry the services included KSL 5, KSL.com, BYU TV, BYU TV Global, BYU TV International, KBYU, the church's international satellite system and LDS.org.
No public viewing will precede the services, but the public is invited to attend the funeral at the Tabernacle on downtown Salt Lake City's Temple Square. Doors will be opened at 10:30 a.m. with tickets issued at site's four gates; overflow crowds will be directed to the nearby LDS Conference Center and the Church Office Building auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, the Monson family has requested that donations be made to the church's General Missionary Fund through the web site set up at http://give.lds.org/frances-monson.
Mrs. Monson died Friday at age 85 after having been hospitalized for several weeks. The Utah-based faith said she died of causes incident to age.
Born Oct. 27, 1927, Frances Beverly Johnson was the youngest and only daughter of Franz E. Johnson and Hildur Booth Johnson. She had four brothers.
She met her future husband, Thomas S. Monson, in 1944 at the University of Utah. The couple were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 7, 1948. They had three children: Thomas Lee, Ann Frances and Clark Spencer.
Monson became the 16th president of the LDS Church in February 2008, succeeding the late Gordon B. Hinckley.