NOVI, MI (February 16, 2016) – It's all Disney all the time in the office of Peggy Mather, the Community Resources Manager for Fox Run retirement community, where 120 items – stuffed Disney characters and lithographs and cells of Disney pictures and movies -- are rotated and displayed year-round.
The more prominent items are the cells of the pictures that Mather started collecting nearly 30 years ago. They represent an assortment of Disney dogs. A special cell that was given to her by her family is from the Millennium Year 2000 and is a collage of a variety of famous Disney characters. It includes a picture of Walt Disney and is one of just 2,000 produced.
"I love it," said Mather, who first visited the Magic Kingdom in Florida in 1971 – the year it opened – when she was 13 years old.
"It is probably my favorite piece."
Her collection includes stuffed Disney characters such as Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Pluto. There is even a vintage stuffed Steamboat Willie, the first incarnation of what would become Mickey Mouse.
Her wonderful world of Disney attracts visitors daily. It has prompted many conversations among residents and staff who share their stories about their special Disney moments. Many grandchildren of residents delight in stopping in and picking up Pluto, Minnie or Goofy and giving them a big hug.
Mather has been to Disney World and Disneyland a combined 62 times. She travels with her daughters and her four grandchildren.
"I truly see and enjoy something different each time I go," said Mather. "Disney thinks of every detail."
Mather's favorite Disney movie is "Mary Poppins," a film that combines live action with animation and that stars Julie Andrews in the title role who visits a family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family's dynamic.
Poppins' enthusiasm for life – much like that of Mather's – is contagious.
"Disney is the best thing to rejuvenate my energy for so many things in my life," Mather says. "I laugh when I say it is my 'therapy'."