“The Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick is paying tribute to her late mother online in a heartfelt Instagram post. Maureen’s mother Irene passed away in 2004.
The star wrote, “Dearest Mom in Heaven, Happy Birthday. You have always been my angel and my inspiration. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of life and love. I miss you each and every day. And I love you with all of my heart. XOXO”
McCormick’s followers filled the comments with love and support for the star. One fan wrote of the photo, “I thought this was you at first. You certainly inherited your mom’s beautiful looks. Happy Heavenly Birthday to your mom and your guardian angel.”
Another comment offered empathy and support, saying, “Sending you love on your beautiful Mom’s Heavenly Birthday. She sounds like an amazing lady. My mom is my angel in Heaven too. <3” Another sweet comment read, “I think your Mother is looking down and smiling, Maureen. Being remembered is the most precious gift one can give to a loved one that has passed on :).”
The comment section is ultimately filled with nothing but love and support, with many remarking the striking resemblance between Maureen and her mother, and wishing her a “Happy Heavenly Birthday.”
Not Maureen McCormick’s Only Motherly Loss
Maureen’s mother Irene is not the only maternal figure she’s grieved. When Maureen’s “TV Mom”, Florence Henderson passed away, the actress was devastated. Henderson passed away suddenly due to heat failure in November of 2016, just three days after attending Dancing With the Stars to support Maureen as a contestant.
In an interview shortly after Henderson’s death with Entertainment tonight, Maureen was especially emotional. When asked how she felt when she heard the news, McCormick told ET, “Just total disbelief … I had just been with her…Had just seen her. I think everyone was just shocked.”
Maureen went on to explain, “Florence played our mother on the show, but I always felt like she was more of a sister. She was so young at heart, and just a really good friend…Throughout my life, she has been a huge supporter in my hard times. She never gave up on me. She always just believed in me and gave me hope and strength. [She] gave that to everybody — it was so genuine and so pure and so loving and so from her heart.”
The Brady Bunch cast says several of them remained close with Florence following the show’s wrap in the 70s, so her loss left a hollow space in many hearts. “Was an incredible example of how to live your life,” McCormick added of her costar. “She was that sweet. She really was… the loveliest of ladies.” Florence Henderson’s castmates referred to her as “wise, worldly, and helpful.”