You know this [[AlwaysFemale lady]]. She's portly or HollywoodPudgy, [[PerpetualSmiler perpetually smiling]] and always ready to do what you need her to do---she's always there should you need someone to take out the trash, [[TextileWorkIsFeminine do the laundry]], or be a shoulder to cry on. She'll always have [[FeminineWomenCanCook a nice breakfast]] for you ready in the morning, and will take your coat for you once you come back home. She's the Kindly Housekeeper.

Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children--if there are any--to substitute for the DisappearedDad or the MissingMom (usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]]). She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants. Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.

Probably not an OldRetainer, since she usually does not have a high regard for doing things the Proper Way.

Contrast CreepyHousekeeper. Compare {{Mammy}}.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Film ]]
* Mrs. Potts in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* CompositeCharacter Nanny (a stand-in for the novel ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''' Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler) in Disney's ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
* The recent movie adaptation of ''Film/JaneEyre'' portrays Mrs. Fairfax this way.
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'' had one.
* Chessy in ''Film/TheParentTrap'' (new version)
* Annie in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. Sure, she snarks, especially with the younger Baileys, but it's clearly based on affection (which is equally clearly reciprocated).
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Mrs. [=McGregor=] from ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren'': She works for Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny's paternal grandfather, James Henry Alden, as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housekeeper_(domestic_worker)#Today.27s_cook-housekeeper housekeeper/cook]], but they see her more as a member of the family than a servant.
* Subverted in Creator/SusanCooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising series'' book ''Literature/OverSeaUnderStone'' (1965). Mrs. Palk appears to be one of these, but turns out to be TheMole, an agent of the Dark who sabotages the protagonists.
* Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler in ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
* Calpurnia from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''.
* ''NancyDrew'': Hannah Gruen, the live-in housekeeper/cook to the Drew family. She had been working for the family since Mrs. Drew, Nancy's mother, passed away when Nancy was only three years old. Nancy and her father, Carson, see Hannah more of as a member of the family than a servant, especially considering Hannah and Nancy have a very close mother/daughter-type of relationship.
* Jack from ''Literature/AlexRider''. Although she's younger than most of the examples, she still serves as a Parental Substitute for Alex.
* Ida Jungmann in Thomas Mann's ''Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}}''.
* Peggotty from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.
* Mrs. Hudson in the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' canon fits this trope. She was actually Holmes' landlady, and didn't really clean up after him too often, but she did prepare his meals and admit clients in to see him. She even assisted directly in one of his cases, for which he complimented her as being "indispensable".
* "Brownie" (Mrs. Brown, first name unknown) from Mary Grant Bruce's series of books (the "[[Literature/ALittleBushMaid Billabong Books]]") about the fictional Australian cattle station (ranch, in Americanese) named Billabong. After David Linton's wife died, Mrs. Brown, their cook/housekeeper took on the role of surrogate mother to his two very young children with the approval of her employer. She is depicted as kindly but firm, able to induce obedience through sheer love.
* Mrs. Bird from PaddingtonBear.
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* Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in ''UpstairsDownstairs''. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring mother to the servant folks.
* Alice from ''TheBradyBunch'' is portrayed this way.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Ghost Light'', the kindly housekeeper leaves at sunset, and once she and the day staff have left the CreepyHousekeeper appears. Guess when the TARDIS arrives.
* Mrs. Garrett, Edna, and Pearl from ''DiffrentStrokes''.
* Carla, the Drapers' black "girl" on ''MadMen'', who is widely criticized for being confined to this trope and SatelliteCharacter status in a show that has plenty of time to examine the problems of comparatively much more privileged (read: white) people in TheSixties. The only time she broke out of the role at all was during the scene when she was [[PutOnABus being fired]]. It's worse with Betty's childhood nanny/maid Viola, who is downright Mammy-like.
* Mrs Elsie Hughes of ''DowntonAbbey''.
* As noted in the Literature section, Mrs. Hudson. The Granada television adaptation of the ''Series/SherlockHolmes'' canon puts her even more squarely into this trope than the novels themselves, as it illustrates the mother-son type of attachment she shares with her eccentric boarder. This is most clearly seen in the episode in which Holmes returns after being believed dead for three years - he ''hugs'' her.
** The [[Series/{{Sherlock}} BBC adaptation]] puts her in the same position, with John and Sherlock both very protective of their landlady ([[CatchPhrase not their housekeeper]]). For the offence of laying hands on Mrs Hudson, Sherlock throws a CIA agent out of a window, and at the end of series 2 [[spoiler:Moriarty correctly identifies her as one of the three true friends in his life]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has Mila, Tain's gentle and kind housekeeper of thirty years.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* The player character's mother in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. Her reaction to the player character and Bianca trashing the bedroom having Pokemon battles indoors? A cheery "No problem, I'll clean it up. You kids run along now!"
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Mrs. Beakly from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
* ''TheJetsons'' have Rosie as their kindly housekeeper.
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