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Kay Larkin is the mother of Maryellen Larkin. Maryellen refers to her as "Mom."

Facts and Personality

Kay is a stay-at-home mother as many women were expected to be in the 1950s. She is originally from Georgia and often tells Maryellen stories from when she was a girl. Kay married Stan during the Great Depression, so she had no bridesmaids and was married in a borrowed suit, She's quite frugal and crafty, but not very good at sewing.

With the burdens of six kids (four of them being under ten until Maryellen's birthday) she becomes frequently frazzled and upset. While she does tend to the house and family well, there are multiple signs that she gets annoyed with the social expectations of the perfect household and what she's expected to handle as a housewife and mother. (An example is when Stan buys the trailer without informing her of the purchase at all, then shows her the ironing board and kitchen as her "treats" inside, to which she replies with noted sarcasm.) She frequently becomes impatient with Maryellen, but understands her daughter's problems with being the middle child and how she feels overlooked and immature.

During WWII (before Maryellen was born) she worked as a line manager in an aircraft factory; she discusses that she could have kept the job but declined when she saw so many women being laid off to reopen jobs for the returning men, and did not feel this was fair or right.

In the Books

The One and Only

Taking Off

The Finders-Keepers Rule

The Runaway

The Sky's the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen

In Live Action

Maryellen and the Brightest Star

Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas