A Generation’s Mom

Baby boomers are mourning the loss of their TV mom.  Barbara Billingsley, aka “June Cleaver,” died Saturday.  She was 94.

She was Wally and the Beav’s mom, and in our age-shrouded minds, she represented all the mothers of our generation.

That is, if our moms wore dresses and a nice string of pearls all day every day.  Or if our moms never raised their voices, or never introduced us to the taste of a bar of Ivory soap.  For that matter, I don’t recall June ever saying, “Get out of the house and don’t come home until supper!” 

Still, we remember Barbara Billingsley/June Cleaver as the representative of a generation of moms, acing out the likes of Donna Reed and Jane Wyatt for the honor. 

And we treasure her for her career encore, going against type in “Airplane!”

Thanks, Mrs. Cleaver.  You sure were swell. 



About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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6 Responses to A Generation’s Mom

  1. Matt E says:

    It wasn’t just Boomers. This guy (37) spent many a summer morning in the 80’s watching LITB on Nickelodeon. Great stuff. RIP Barbara…

  2. Great post, Gerry.
    Swell, actually.
    You got it just right.

  3. Graham says:

    Well, I think my mother was more like Gerry’s than the “beaves” but she did stay home all day and since leaving home, I’ve never had an ironed “hanky” or dish towel.
    We didn’t have alot, but we sure were neat and well-pressed every day, I’ll say that for their generation.
    But I do remember being told to “beat it” and don’t come home until the street lights come on.
    And oh, do they still sell patches to iron on your dungerees?

    • Gerry says:

      Wow. Forgot about those patches. Good one!
      And in the summer, after supper, we were back out under the streetlights, playing kickball on the street. We had 3 perfectly placed sewer covers for bases.

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