Beth Gordon is Melinda's mother and Jim's mother in law. She is one of the only known members of Melinda's family to not inherit the ability to see ghosts. It is not known why the ability "skipped" Beth. This fact was later proven false in the episode "Melinda's First Ghost" (Season 1, Episode 19) where Melinda and Beth have an argument about Melinda's friend, Sarah, from the past. Melinda finds out Beth is lying after Beth mistakenly quotes the ghost of Sarah; she thought Melinda has said it.