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Lydia Parkington (née Edwards) is the late mother of Samantha Parkington.
Lydia died roughly four years before the start of the series. She and her husband died together in a boating accident when Samantha was five years old. However, she has a major influence on the series. She is described as having light brown curls, blue eyes, and fair skin. Samantha keeps an image of her and her husband in the locket she pins to her clothes.
She was an accomplished artist and painted many images of Piney Point and Samantha as a younger child.
In The Books
Meet Samantha: An American Girl
Happy Birthday, Samantha!: A Springtime Story
Samantha Saves The Day: A Summer Story
In The Film
Lydia is, again, dead before the start of the movie. However the story is changed so that she and her husband died boating on the river next to the house and afterwards, the boathouse on the property was closed. Samantha wears the 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 as no one but her goes in there. The discovery of these items prompts Grandmary to consider sending Samantha to live with Uncle Gard.
Grandmary relates a story about Lydia having a kitten named Mabel whom she loved; when the kitten went missing, she placed the kitten's things in the boathouse, much like Samantha has done.
- Despite not having an appearance in the books and in the film, she does make an appearance in Samantha's sketchbook, in a sketch Lydia drew back in 1897.