Tia and Tamera Parents

tia and tamera with parents

Tia and Tamera's Family Roots

NameDarlene MowryTimothy Mowry
Date of Birth1952 (age 70)1950 (age 72)
Place of BirthTexas, USACalifornia, USA
EducationBachelor’s in Education from California State University,
Master’s in Education
Bachelor’s in Communications from California State University,
PhD in Communications
ProfessionElementary school teacherPhotographer, film director, film professor
ChildrenTia Mowry (b. 1978)Tamera Mowry (b. 1978)
Grandchildren6 grandchildren total from Tia and Tamera’s families6 grandchildren total from Tia and Tamera’s families
Relationship to Tia and TameraMotherFather
Meeting/Relationship HistoryMet as students at Cal State Fullerton in early 1970s. Married in 1976Met as students at Cal State Fullerton in early 1970s. Married in 1976
Role in Raising Tia and TameraPaused teaching career to care for twins at home.
Instilled strong values of faith, family and education
Worked as photographer and film director to support family.
Supported daughters’ careers in entertainment
Current ActivitiesVolunteer work in community.
Spending time with grandchildren
Mentoring students and young professionals.
Spending time with grandchildren
Tia and Tamera Mowry rose to fame in the 1990s as the stars of the hit sitcom Sister, Sister, but their journey began long before with the love story of their parents, Darlene and Timothy Mowry.

Darlene was born in Texas and Timothy in California, but they met as students at California State University, Fullerton in the early 1970s. Both were involved in campus ministry and civil rights activism. They bonded over their shared faith and desire to make a positive impact in the world.

Timothy and Darlene married in 1976. While pursuing their careers in education, they longed to start a family. After years of trying to conceive naturally, they decided to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF). Their twin daughters, Tia and Tamera, were born on July 6, 1978.

Balancing work and raising twins was no easy feat. Darlene paused her teaching career to care for the girls at home while Timothy worked as a photographer and film director. Money was tight at times, but their family had an abundance of love.
The Mowrys instilled strong values of faith, family, education and service in their daughters from an early age. Both parents were also very supportive as Tia and Tamera began pursuing careers in entertainment.
Tia and Tamera whole family pic
Education was always a top priority for the Mowry family. Both Darlene and Timothy hold advanced degrees. Darlene earned her Master’s in Education and spent over a decade teaching elementary school students. Timothy has a PhD in Communications and worked as a film professor.

They encouraged Tia and Tamera to pursue higher education as well. Even as the twins found success on Sister, Sister in their teens, their parents insisted they finish high school. Tia studied psychology at the University of Southern California while Tamera double majored in film and television at New York University.

While proud of their daughters’ acting careers, Darlene and Timothy were also their biggest cheerleaders when Tia and Tamera chose to expand into other areas like hosting, producing and entrepreneurship as adults.

In recent years, Darlene and Timothy have been hands-on grandparents. They support Tia and Tamera’s families and are especially close with their six grandchildren. Darlene is still actively involved in her community through volunteer work. Timothy now focuses on mentoring students and young professionals.
The strong foundation of faith, education and public service that Darlene and Timothy Mowry built has allowed Tia and Tamera to achieve their dreams while staying grounded. Their parents’ enduring marriage of over 45 years also serves as an inspiration. Though their lives and careers have taken them all over the country, family always remains the most important thing for the Mowrys.

Today, Darlene and Timothy enjoy spending time with their grandchildren while continuing to advocate for causes important to them. Their love and guidance laid the foundation for the success and close bond shared by Tia and Tamera today. The twins credit their parents as their biggest inspirations and supporters.


The 10 unknown facts about Tia and Tamera Mowry's parents, Darlene and Timothy:

  1. Darlene and Timothy met in a campus ministry group at college and bonded over their shared Christian faith.
  2. Money was very tight for the family early on, so Darlene took in ironing to help make ends meet while raising the twins.
  3. Timothy worked as a photographer for the college newspaper to help pay his way through school.
  4. Darlene’s grandparents were sharecroppers in Texas, and she was the first in her family to graduate from college.
  5. Timothy loves to cook and often experiments in the kitchen with new recipes. Tia and Tamera credit him with teaching them to appreciate food.
  6. Darlene speaks fluent Spanish after spending a semester studying abroad in Mexico during college.
  7. Timothy played basketball in high school and still enjoys watching sports in his free time.
  8. Tia and Tamera’s middle names, “Grace” and “Mireille”, were chosen by Darlene to honor her mother and a close family friend.
  9. Darlene and Timothy eloped to Las Vegas after a year of dating due to lack of funds for a large wedding.
  10. They will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary in 2024, maintaining one of the longest and strongest marriages in Hollywood.

Frequently Asked Questions

They placed a strong emphasis on faith, family, education and community service. Both parents were also very supportive of the twins pursuing careers in entertainment.
They met as students at California State University, Fullerton in the early 1970s when they were both involved in campus ministry and activism groups.
Money was tight as Darlene paused her teaching career to raise the twins while Timothy worked various jobs to support the family. They also struggled with infertility before having Tia and Tamera through IVF.
Darlene has a Master’s in Education and worked as an elementary school teacher. Timothy has a PhD in Communications and was a film professor. They both graduated from Cal State Fullerton.
They are hands-on grandparents to Tia and Tamera’s six children total. Darlene also volunteers in her community while Timothy mentors students. They continue supporting Tia and Tamera’s careers and families.

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