Flora Call Disney
|Flora Call Disney|
Flora with her husband, Elias
April 22, 1868
Steuben, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||December 6, 1938
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Elias Disney (1888–1938; her death)|
|Children||Walter Elias Disney
Herbert Arthur Disney
Roy Oliver Disney
Raymond Arnold Disney
Ruth Flora Disney
|Parents||Charles Call (1823-1890)
Henrietta Gross (1837-1910)
Call was born in Steuben, Ohio, the daughter of Henrietta (née Gross) (1837–1910) and Charles Call (1823–1890), who were neighbors of Kepple Disney, father of Elias Disney, her husband. She was of German and English descent. She was a lively, even-tempered woman, in contrast to her stern, short tempered husband, who enjoyed reading stories to her children and playing games with them.
Flora died in 1938 in an accident that plagued her son Walt with grief for the rest of his life. After the success of their film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1938, Walt and Roy presented their parents with a new home in North Hollywood, near the Disney studios in Burbank, California. Less than a month after moving in, Flora complained to Walt and Roy of problems with the gas furnace in her new home. Studio repairmen were sent to the house, but the problem was not adequately fixed. Flora wrote a letter to her daughter Ruth describing the wonderful new home, but again complaining of the fumes from the furnace. A few days later, Flora died of asphyxiation caused by the fumes at age 70. She is entombed next to her husband in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Williams, Pat (2004). How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life. HCI. p. 131.