Everybody in Pine Valley loved sweet hospital secretary Mona Kane, everyone
that is except for her daughter, Erica Kane. Erica blamed Mona for running
off her father, Hollywood producer Erica Kane. In truth, Eric was a deadbeat
father, abandoning Mona to raise Erica on her own. Mona knew of his philandering
ways, but protected Erica from his dastardly deeds.
At Pine Valley Hospital, Mona had good friend in her boss, Dr. Charles
Tyler. Their late hours was leading to something more, but he was still
married to his second wife, Phoebe Tyler. Phoebe hated Mona and blamed
her for seducing her husband.
Mona met her old friend, Nick Davis, who was back in town after 18 years.
Mona filled Nick in on what had happened since he left. She became his
confidant. This came to heads when Nick revealed that 18 years ago, he
had fathered a child: Phil Brent, the eye of Erica’s affections.
Mona told Nick to leave town before the truth came out, so as to protect
Phil, but Nick was adamant in staying. Little did either now, Erica had
overheard and was on her way to telling Phil the truth.
1971: Mona encouraged Erica to think about what she was
doing to Jeff. Jeff was working long hours at the hospital, and spending
any free time he had with Erica. Before Mona knew it, Erica and Jeff eloped.
Mona liked Jeff, but she was growing weary of Erica’s rash behavior.
She would share her apprehensions with Charles, who was always willing
to lend Mona his ear.
Mona’s life was consumed with worry about Erica. Her trips to New
York became longer and more frequent. Charles was always willing to listen,
but Mona recognized that his home life was coming apart too. Phoebe’s
behavior became more erratic, and Mona was always at the tail end of her
1974: When Mona found out about Erica’s abortion,
she was more worried about Jeff’s reaction. The couple was no longer
talking. Charles encouraged Mona to talk to Jeff. Mona convinced Jeff
to give Erica a second chance. After all, Erica was stilla young girl
and prone to make rash decisions. Though Jeff may not have agreed with
Mona’s reasoning, he wanted his marriage to work.
Mona was happy to see Erica rebound from her tragic marriage to Jeff.
When she announced she was pregnant and that she and Phil were to marry,
Mona believed that she was finally settling down. It appeared as if Erica
could finally be content living in Pine Valley. That all changed when
Erica miscarried. Phil and Mona were forced to admit Erica to a hospital
to recover from a mental breakdown.
1976: Mona opened her home to Kitty Shea, Phoebe’s
latest victim. She had convinced Kitty to leave her son, Lincoln Tyler,
because of her recent run-ins with the law. The women bonded over Phoebe’s
oppression. Mona had known Kitty’s mother years ago. She had gone
missing when Kitty was just a child.
Mona got word that Kitty had found her mother, Lucy Carpenter, in Minneapolis.
Mona wanted to see her old friend to tell her about what a good person
Kitty had grown into. When she arrived at Lucy’s door, someone else
opened the door. Myrtle Lum was masquerading as the late Lucy in order
to dissuade her from reconciling with Lincoln Tyler. Mona knew this plot
had Phoebe’s signature all over it. Myrtle pleaded with Mona not
to tell Kitty the truth. Mona realized Myrtle really loved Kitty. She
agreed that she would let Myrtle break the truth to Kitty in the way she
Back in Pine Valley, Mona stormed the Tyler Estate. She announced that
she would reveal the truth to Lincoln and Kitty if Phoebe did not agree
to divorce Charles. Phoebe was blown away that Mona was blackmailing her.
She had no choice. She loved her son, and did not want to loose him.
Mona felt guilty after the confrontation and had to talk to someone. She
turned to Charles, fearful that he would see her in the same light he
did Phoebe. Charles was amused and only wished that he could be there.
Charles moved out of the Tyler Estate and into the Valley Inn.
Mona caught Nick and Erica in bed. She was shocked that her best friend
was carrying on an affair with her daughter.
Mona had to come to Erica’s intervention again when she began dating
Mark Dalton. Mona knew Mark was the son of Maureen Dalton, Eric’s
mistress. She suspected that Mark was Eric’s son. The truth strained
Mona and Erica’s relationship. Erica had always blamed her mother
for ruining her father’s life. Erica was still not ready to acknowledge
her father’s downfalls.
As much as she worried about Erica, Mona had her own affairs to deal with.
Phoebe refused to acknowledge her side of the bargain when she revealed
the truth about Myrtle in a drunken haze. Charles was afraid to leave
Phoebe for what she would do to Mona’s reputation. But Mona was
ready to weather the storm. Charles announced his official separation
When Mona got word that Erica had been admitted to a hospital in New York
with a deadly form of viral pneumonia, she had no one else to turn to
but Nick. She begged Nick to help her, but he did not know exactly what
she meant. Mona knew that if Nick proposed to Erica it would give her
the prerogative to fight the virus. When they arrived by her bedside,
Nick reluctantly agreed to Mona’s plan.
Nick’s promise helped Erica recover, but their relationship remained
as volatile forever. When Nick announced his plans to leave Pine Valley
and Erica, Erica went on a tirade and made plans to marry Tom Cudahy.
Mona adored Tom and did want her daughter using him in her games of love.
On the day of the wedding, Mona threatened to tell everyone that Erica
was still very much in love with Nick. Erica fired back, threatening to
cut her mother out of her life forever. Mona was tacit during the ceremony.
She watched as her daughter made the biggest mistake of her life.
Mona accompanied Charles to a Medical Conference in Rome. There, the couple
could openly see each other. They were in heaven. That is until Phoebe
arrived. She confronted Mona as an adulteress. Then, she feigned a fainting
spell. Charles could see through her ploy. He declared he was done with
Phoebe’s games and that he was going to see Mona openly. By the
year's end, they were married.
Back in Pine Valley, Charles kept true to his promise. They would marry
in a small wedding.
Mona had never been happier in her life. But, Erica’s drama continued
to affect her. Erica was convinced that she had told Tom about her birth
control pills. Mona had promised to never tell Tom because he was convinced
they were going to start a family. Mona had no idea what Erica was talking
about, and encouraged her daughter to talk her husband.
1982: When Silver Kane arrived at Erica’s door,
Mona again had to tarnish her daughter’s perceptions about her father.
After leaving them in Pine Valley, he remarried and started a new family.
In light of this, Mona was surprised at how quickly Silver was able to
implicate herself in Erica’s life.
When Erica went on the run for Kent Bogard’s murder, Mona called
Nick for support. Nick was sure that he could her Erica out of her situation.
When Erica was discovered, she went to trial for murder. Mona felt helpless
because this time, she could do nothing else to help Erica.
Silver was revealed to be an imposter. She had testified during the trial
as the primary witness. Because she had perjured herself, the case was
thrown out. Nick stayed by Mona until the conclusion of the trial.
1986: Charles died peacefully in his sleep. Mona tried
to quietly mourn the loss of her husband. But, Phoebe had other plans.
She blamed Charles’ for working too hard in his old age. But Mona
knew that he found his greatest happiness in helping other people. Charles
had opened a free clinic to help those who could afford hospital care.
Joe Martin was named Charles’ successor as Chief of Staff. Mona
continued in her capacity as the Chief’s secretary.
Mona worried for Erica in her quest to help the real Silver Kane piece
together the pieces of her broken memory. Mona knew that Goldie Kane,
Eric’s new wife, was a force to be reckoned with. Erica was now
pregnant. She had more to worry about than herself. Mona’s greatest
fear was realized when Erica was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot
wound in her abdomen after an altercation with Goldie. Erica was rushed
back to Pine Valley Hospital for a life saving surgery. She married the
father of her unborn child, Travis Montgomery.
Mona was distressed when Erica was diagnosed with Toxemia. Mona feared
she would loose Erica and the baby. Erica lapsed in and out of a coma.
Mona called on Nick for support.
After much complication, Bianca Christine Montgomery was born. Mona could
only hope that Bianca would grow with a better temper than her mother.
1989: Mona worried for Erica’s welfare when Eric
reappeared in Pine Valley. Mona could see Eric was using his influence
over Erica to make a profit. Mona tried to warn her daughter, but she
had glamorized the image of her father in her mind so much that she could
not see through his manipulations.
Erica planned to marry Travis again for Bianca’s sake. She had almost
died of Reyes Syndrome. Mona knew Erica was in love with Jackson Montgomery.
For once, she wanted Erica to follow her heart. It did not help that Eric
was pressuring her to do otherwise.
Eric abandoned Erica again. This time, she understood what Mona had gone
through years before when she was only a child. As happy as Mona was that
her daughter got to know her father, Mona was content to have Eric out
of her life again.
Mona saw a sight that she never thought she would again. Erica’s
new assistant Kendall Hart had a strange birthmark that Mona recognized.
When Erica was 14 years old, she was raped by one of Eric’s friends.
Mona put up Erica’s daughter for adoption. Erica had blocked out
the whole ordeal. Mona was the only person to hold the child. She noted
the same birthmark. Kendall admitted she came to Pine Valley in search
of her mother. The Kane women reunited in time for Erica’s marriage
to Dimitri Marick.
Mona and Myrtle Fargate invested into adjoining condominiums at Will Lake
Acres. Only, these condominiums did not exist. It was all part of a scam
to exploit the elderly. Luckily, Tempo uncovered the scandal before more
people were hurt.
Mona was diagnosed with cancer. On the eve of her operation, she worked
to put things in order just in case she did not make it. She implored
Nick and Myrtle to care for Erica. Erica did not want to have anything
to do with Mona’s pessimism. But Mona was not pessimistic, just
fearful. She was afraid of leaving Erica alone. Luckily, she made it through
the operation safely, and her cancer went into remission.
Kendall brought Richard Fields to Pine Valley. Kendall turned to Mona
when she caught him trying to molest Bianca. Outraged, Mona confronted
Fields with a knife. Fields knew that Mona could not hurt him. Mona agreed
that she could not punish him, but the authorities could. As she called
the police, Fields began to clutch his heart. Mona thought he was faking
a heart attack for sympathy. After completing her report over the phone,
Mona left Fields in his hotel room as he slowly died.
Later that year, Mona died peacefully in her sleep. Her death devastated
Erica. At her funeral, Erica threw herself on her coffin, unable to let
go of the only person who had always been there for her.
2005: Before her death, Mona gave Nick a letter that
was to be given to Bianca upon the birth of her first child. Mona had
predicted that she would have a daughter and continue the line of strong