- “ My mother always used to say: 'The older you get, the better you get, unless you're a banana.' ”
- — Rose Nylund
Alma Lindstrom (née Gurkleknurbleigenhostetlerfrau) is the biological mother of Lily Lindstrom, Holly Lindstrom, and Michael Lindstrom, as well as the adoptive mother of Rose Nylund. She was portrayed by Jeanette Nolan for one episode.
Alma Lindstrom was born as Alma Gurkleknurbeigenhofstetlerfrau (the last name was shortened later as most of the family was in show business) in St. Olaf, Minnesota.
Alma visited the girls in the episode Blanche and the Younger Man, and didn't like how Rose was being overprotective of her. Later in the series, Rose would mention her mother as if she had died, however she could have been referring to her as Ingrid Kerklavoner. She was described as being prim and proper.
In Golden Palace, it is mentioned in the episode “One Old Lady”, Rose put Alma in a home 6 years prior to this show, and Alma was there for 6 months, implying that Alma did in fact die, somewhere around Season 3 of The Golden Girls.