Obama dials Florida woman with Mother’s Day wishes

President Barack Obama smiles on stage as he waits to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, Friday, May 8, 2015 in Watertown, S.D. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (AP Photo/{Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — A Florida woman’s letter to the White House prompted a Mother’s Day greeting from President Barack Obama.

Touched by Obama’s words in his State of the Union speech about his own mother, Patricia Church of Ormond Beach penned a note to the president.

On Wednesday, while at her customer service job, she got a stunning call.

“Hi, Patty? Hey, this is Barack Obama,” it began. “No way!” she replied. “Way!” the president responded.

Fifty-year-old Church said the call lasted just a few minutes but felt like an eternity. She said Obama offered early Mother’s Day wishes and commended her for raising four children on her own.

She told The Daytona Beach News-Journal the president said he understood her struggles because his own mother was a single parent.