|Last Appearance||"The Finale"|
|Voiced By||April Winchell|
Lydia is a beautiful, divorced, single working mother. She works at a fashion boutique called "It's You", and makes pretty good money, not to mention being extremely popular with the ladies who shop there.
Pepper Ann is usually embarrassed by her, but Lydia sometimes surprises Peppie, like her connection with Mick Snot. Pepper Ann also realizes from time to time how much alike they are, like in "P.A.'s Life In A Nutshell" where she discovers Lydia's diary from when she was in seventh grade.
Lydia is very big on "family time" and getting along, and gets irked quite easily if she feels someone isn't participating. She seems to be a very good mother as she is affectionate and cares very much about what her daughters go through, but is also firm and does what she can to teach them responsibility. She is quite supportive of her daughters' interests and does what she can to encourage them to be strong and independent. Most of the time, she seems quite willing to listen to Pepper Ann when she disagrees with some of Lydia's methods, but occasionally, Lydia has no interest in putting up with Peppie's shenanigans.
However, Lydia also has a bossy side. She has no problem trying to force others to do what she thinks is best and can be quite overbearing in many of her relationships, including her sister. This also explains the controlling side of her personality in which things must be as perfect as possible, whether she's hosting a dinner ("Thanksgiving Dad") or planning an entire event ("The Environ-Mentals", "Cold Feet", among others). Lydia also sometimes has no concept of modesty in certain situations, such as bra-shopping with her daughter ("In Support Of"), which mortifies Pepper Ann immensely.
Lydia, much like her hippie sister Janie, is a staunch feminist and is a part of a group known as "Adament Eve" in which the women of Hazelnut get together and discuss politics, pop culture, literature, and have an annual retreat re-enacting the burning of bras and women's suffrage ("The Sisterhood"). Lydia is also revealed to have a funny side, as evidenced by the fact that she performed her own stand-up comedy routine and coined the name Lydia "Laff-Riot" Pearson to rave reviews ("Def Comedy Mom"). Lydia is also quite chipper and very friendly and outgoing. And while Lydia is a strong and independent feminist, she is not immune to her own self-image, as she is frequently said to be "dieting" and to being quite careful about things being "fat-free," etc. This could have to do with issues with Lydia's mother, Lillian, who occasionally makes critical comments about Lydia about numerous things.
The Lillys are a Jewish family, and Lydia seems to be a fairly dedicated woman of her faith as she attends the local synagogue and actively participates in major Jewish holidays like Hanukkah ("A Kosher Christmas").
As far as Lydia's relationship with her ex-husband, Chuck, they seem to have a fairly decent sort of relationship but they do sling insults at each other from time to time. Lydia's first relationship after her divorce was with Pepper Ann's science teacher, Roland Carter. They enjoyed each other's company, but Lydia eventually broke things off with Carter when she discovered they had very little in common outside of their PTA projects ("Like Riding a Bike"). Other relationships include Bernie Guberstein and Alex Trebek, whom Lydia eventually marries.
Overall, Lydia has a reputation of being very together and in control and quite responsible. Though this sometimes causes Pepper Ann to wish Lydia were cooler and less "together," Pepper Ann truly depends on her mother's old-fashioned brand of wisdom in certain situations.