by Fred T. Beeman
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Ginny Tyler, who left us on July 13, 2012 at age 86 in Issaquah, Washington. She was named a "Disney Legend" in 2006.
When the original "Mickey Mouse Club" episodes were sold to local television stations as a syndicated feature, Ms. Tyler appeared as the new, female version of Jimmie Dodd (1910–1964), to re-introduce various segments of the shows. She was also an accomplished vocal artist and can be heard here narrating "The Story of Bambi".
She had learned to tell stories and duplicate various animal sounds as a child, because her mother would do that while reading aloud to her. Her many screen credits include being the voice of "Lady" in the Disney movie, "Lady and the Tramp," as well as many of the talking cartoon animals in the 1964 picture, "Mary Poppins."
Merrie Virginia Erlandson began her life in Berkeley CA on Aug. 8, 1925, and grew up in Seattle, a woman of Native American heritage who could trace her roots to Washington state's Snoqualmie Tribe in the Puget Sound area. In an effort to further her professional career, she changed her surname to Tyler (according to her son, Ty Fenton) and managed to have her driver's license indicate that she was five years younger than her true age.
In addition to her son, she's survived by her brothers Donald and Terry Eggers, two grandchildren and one great-grandson. It is for them, as well as her many friends and admirers, to whom we offer our most heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences.