Walt Disney - Flora
Walt and Mum
Walt Disney's mother and father, Flora and Elias, were married
on New Years Day 1888. For their Golden Wedding Anniversary, riding on the
success of Snow White, successful son, Walt, gifted them with a home
in Toluca Lake (Hopeland), CA. The Disneys loved their new home, except
for the heat. Apparently the furnace wasn't very good, and Mrs. Disney
complained about the fumes. Jinx.
Enter good son Walt, who had studio workers install a new gas
furnace in the home. I have always heard that Walt fixed it himself, but
cannot find documentation to support that. On the night of November 26th,
1938, Father Disney woke and found his wife lying on the bathroom floor.
He himself passed out trying to transport her.
The next morning, Alma Smith, the maid, came to work and upon
entering the kitchen, became faint. She opened the doors and windows, and
went to check on Mr. and Mrs. Disney. Mrs. Disney was dead, and Mr. Disney
and Alma were taken to Hollywood Hospital where they recovered.
Mr. Disney was released in time to attend his wife's funeral
at Forest Lawn Glendale, at the Wee Kirk Church.
Police attributed the tragedy to a faulty connection in the
gas furnace which had been burning all night.
Walt never got over the tragedy. This is where it