Mary S. Broggie|
December 29, 1924 ~ March 18, 2010
Carmel - Mary S. Broggie passed away suddenly at her Carmel home on March 18 at the age of 85. She was born December 29, 1924 in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, she traveled to Southern California to pursue her dream of working for Walt Disney Studios after seeing the classic animated feature Fantasia.
In 1944, Mary was hired at Disney and eventually became assistant animator to Disney legend, Ward Kimball. Disney productions she worked on include: The Three Caballeros, Fun & Fancy Free, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady & The Tramp, One Hundred & One Dalmatians, Mary Poppins and Sleeping Beauty.
In 1956, Mary married Roger E. Broggie, Walt Disney's first Imagineer and creator of many Disney technological achievements. Upon Roger's retirement from Disney in 1975, they moved with their son, Brian, to their home overlooking Carmel Bay.
In the Eighties, Mary enjoyed using her artistic talents to create a series of window displays for a local store specializing in stamp collecting. Her love of the written works of Robinson Jeffers inspired her to become a docent at Tor House for several years. She lost Roger to cancer in 1991. Not wishing to travel, a series of pet cats and her collection of books, plus frequent visits by son, Brian, who lived nearby, provided comfort after Roger's passing.
Mary was in good health most of her life and was a breast cancer survivor. She was a prolific correspondent, enjoying writing to and receiving letters from her many friends and members of the family. Many readers of The Monterey Herald's Editorial Section may fondly recall some of Mary's thought provoking submissions.
Mary's brothers, Theodore and Earl, predeceased her. She is survived by her son, Brian and his wife, Cyndi, of Carmel; her stepsons, Roger, Jr. and his wife, Marilyn, of LaPine, OR and Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Thousand Oaks, CA; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
The lives of Mary and Roger will be celebrated during a private family gathering to scatter their ashes together at sea. Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Mary's guest book and leave messages for her family.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Apr. 29, 2010