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Helen McIntire is the mother of Molly McIntire; she calls her "Mom."

Personality and Facts

Molly's mom works at the Red Cross as a nurse. She is considered very shy and doesn't speak in front of others easily. She's quite timid. She's a very kind and nice woman. Sometimes she's too easygoing when it comes to punishing her children.

In the Books

Meet Molly: An American Girl

Helen comes home from her job at the Red Cross to see Molly still at the table with a pile of mashed turnips on Molly's plate. She warms up the turnips and adds some sugar from their ration and cinnamon so it'll taste a bit better. She shares a story to Molly that she hated sardines, so she would put them in napkins and hide them in her pocket, leading to some trouble with her cats. She tells Molly that although the war has changed things, some things are still the same. She helps Molly and her friends make Hawaiian outfits and says that she'll take a picture of the girls when they come back. She later punishes Ricky by having him give his candy to the girls. She gives out more punishments when Molly gets her own revenge against Ricky, saying that anger and revenge is what starts wars.

Molly Learns a Lesson: A School Story

Helen gives Molly some leftover bottle tops they have for Molly's personal project. She also tells Molly that she'll have to use Ricky's old boots since the companies aren't making any more rubber shoes.

Molly's Surprise: A Christmas Story

Helen tells Molly that since dad isn't here, its up to themselves to fill this Christmas with happy surprises. Her parents are supposed to visit them and bring a tree, but they can't come due to a flat tire. She shows signs of worrying for her husband's safety, like crying quietly during the Christmas Eve mass. Helen is happily surprised when she finds the box of gifts from her husband, her gift being a pair of gloves.

Happy Birthday, Molly!: A Springtime Story

Helen offers to keep Emily at her house until Emily's aunt gets better. She understands Emily's situation, and assures Molly that Emily will open up with time. She asks Molly what kind of birthday would she like to have. At the end, she comes into the girls room, and helps bring in their new puppies.

Changes for Molly: A Winter Story

Molly and the Movie Star

Molly's A+ Partner

The Light in the Cellar

In The Film

She is played by Molly Ringwald.

References and Footnotes

  1. Molly's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Culver.

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