The Richmond Artifex line is a good "mother" knife. A little thicker behind the edge, so a little more able to handle a more abusive user which I find most mothers to be.
Gawd I hope my wife, mother, and mother-in-law never read that. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar.html
Plus, it's got a good steel so it's edge retention will be good, and they're in your price range.