Lydia Parkington is the late mother of Samantha Parkington.
Lydia is described as having light brown curls, blue eyes, and fair skin. She and her husband, Mr. Parkington, died roughly four years before the start of the series in the summer of 1900 in a boating accident at Teardrop Island near Piney Point, when Samantha was just past five years old; Samantha has, at the start of her books, lived with Grandmary since. However, she and her memory have a major influence on Samantha's life; Samantha often wonders about her, though many time her questions remain unanswered. Samantha keeps an image of her and her father in the brooch locket she pins to her clothes.
Lydia was an accomplished artist and painted many watercolor images of Piney Point and Samantha as a younger child. The rosebud circlet that Samantha is gifted for her tenth birthday belonged to her.
In The Books
In The Film
Lydia is, like in the books, already dead before the start of the movie. Her and Mr. Parkington's deaths are changed so that they occurred while boating on the river near to the house; afterwards, the boathouse on the property was closed. Samantha wears a locket around her neck with a picture of her mother and father inside.
Samantha keeps items belonging to and images of Lydia in the boathouse, since no one but her goes in there. The discovery of these items prompts Grandmary to consider sending Samantha to live with Uncle Gard, so as to help separate her from her actions. Grandmary tells Samantha a story about Lydia having a kitten named Mabel. When the kitten went missing, Lydia placed the kitten's possessions in the boathouse in its memory, much like Samantha has done regarding Lydia.
- Despite not having an appearance in the books and in the film, she does make a semi-canon appearance in the sketchbook Samantha finds in a sketch Lydia drew back in 1897 at Teardrop Island. She also is seen in a photograph hanging in the Edwards house in the first edition illustrations for Changes for Samantha, and in Samantha's locket in the movie.