Barbara Billingsley the beloved mother on Leave it to Beaver has died at the age of 94 in Long Beach, California.
I can still recall seeing my first Leave it to Beaver show back in the late 50’s and how I have never tired of the show over 50 years later.
Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best and Andy Griffith Show were the best shows when it came to parents dealing with different situations their kids would find themselves in.
Even though the emphasis was on humor there still were real life lessons being taught in those shows. I will never forget Ward and June Cleaver raising their kids the best way they knew how and loved them no matter what kind of predicament they might have gotten themselves into.
Hugh Beaumont who portrayed Ward Cleaver had died 28 years ago at the age of 73 while visiting a son in Munich, Germany.
Leave it to Beaver ended after six seasons with 234 episodes having been filmed during its run. One of the reasons it was canceled was due to Jerry Mathers retiring from acting to be a freshman in high school.
Tony Dow who is now 65 and played Beaver’s brother Wally on the series and Jerry Mathers is now 62. Barbara Billingsley, Dow and Mathers all appeared in the The New Leave it to Beaver television show from 1985-1989.
Although Mrs. Billingsley has died along with her TV husband Hugh Beaumont and the boys are much older we can still go back to the days when the first show was filmed in 1957 whenever it is shown in reruns.