"That's a fine wish, but wishing doesn't make it so."
—Aunt Em to Dorothy on meeting with Karen

Aunt Em, the wife of Henry Gale, is Dorothy's adoptive mother.

When Dorothy's birth mother appeared at the doorstep of their Kansas Farm carrying an infant, they agreed to take the baby as their own.

Aunt Em is very supportive of Dorothy and wants her to reconnect with Karen, the mother who reappeared after 20 years.

She has back problems and needs to take dihydrocodeine for the pain. Dorothy steals pills from the hospital to help her, of which she disapproves.