David Letterman's mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

AP Images                      Dorothy Mengering with her son David Letterman

AP Images Dorothy Mengering with her son David Letterman

Dorothy Mengering, mother to late-night host David Letterman, has died.

Mengering, 95, died at her suburban Indianapolis home Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The former church secretary became a staple on the "Late Show" as a correspondent during the Olympics in Norway, Japan and Utah.

Mengering began making annual appearances on the show on Mother's Day as well.

She baked and appeared via satellite in her in kitchen for a segment called "Guess Mom's Pies".

Mengering published a cookbook, Home Cookin' With Dave's Mom, in 1996.

Dorothy worked closely with her son on Late Night with David Letterman for decades. She was everyone's mom.

"Rick Ludwin, head of late-night programming at NBC, respected Letterman as a great entertainer but was sceptical that he could draw the broad swath of viewers that made up the Tonight Show audience". The recipes included dishes named after her children, Dave and his two sisters Jane and Gretchen, as well as plenty of pies.

In one of his final episodes in 2015, Letterman pulled together a montage of his mother's best moments on the show.

Letterman's iconic "Top 10" lists were another recurring bit for Mengering.

Over her lifetime, she reread her well-worn volumes many times, savoring their simple and attractive language, most recently eight decades after she first turned those pages. She married Hans Mengering in 1983. She married Joe Letterman, a florist who eventually owned stores on 34th Street and Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, in 1942. I think it's about the idea of mom and of a family. In 1998, they talked about the family and the weather before showcasing a few desserts she baked. Her death was reported by Ron Brackett, a Tampa Bay Times employee who spoke with Dorothy's daughter.

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