David Letterman‘s mother Dorothy Mengering, who made many memorable appearances on her son’s Late Show on CBS, has died at the age of 95.
Mengering passed away on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She often called into Letterman’s NBC show Late Night as “Dave’s Mom,” but she made her first on-camera splash in 1994, serving as the Late Show‘s “correspondent” to the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Her TV visits with her son were so popular — she interviewed Nancy Kerrigan and Hillary Clinton during her Lillehammer stint — that she returned to the show as a correspondent for the following two Winter Olympics in Nagano and Salt Lake City.
A retired church secretary and a seasoned pie-maker, Mengering published a cookbook in 1996, Home Cookin’ With Dave’s Mom, that contained recipes for several varieties of pie, from blueberry to chocolate chiffon to sour-cherry (Dave’s favorite). She continued to make appearances on Letterman’s Late Show via satellite from her Indiana home twice a year: on Thanksgiving (when Dave would play a game called “Guess Mom’s Pies”), and Mother’s Day.
Current Late Show host Stephen Colbert offered his condolences on Twitter:
I'm so sorry to hear of Dorothy Mengering's death, and so grateful that Dave shared her with us.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 12, 2017