'Golden friend' receives visit from President and Sister Monson

President Thomas S. Monson has said that he likes the quotation, "New friends are silver, but old friends are gold."

On April 8, he met with one of his golden friends, Thelma Wooley Fetzer, who turned 100 on that day.

President Monson and his wife, Sister Frances Johnson Monson, walked into Sister Fetzer's living room that afternoon, bringing with them not only smiles and heartfelt birthday wishes but also warm memories gathered during their long friendship that goes back more than 60 years.

Their association began even before the time President Monson was bishop of Sixth-Seventh Ward in Salt Lake City's Temple View Stake from 1950-55. Sister Fetzer's husband, Percy K. Fetzer, was a counselor in the stake presidency. When Brother Fetzer became stake president, he called President Monson to serve as one of his counselors. Brother Fetzer passed away in 1982.

Sister Fetzer was born April 8, 1910, in Salt Lake City to George Edwin and Elizabeth Anderson Woolley. She and Percy Fetzer were married on June 24, 1936, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are parents of five children: Richard, Ruth F. Carr, Judy F. Edwards, Robert and Clark.

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