Thelma Howard, Walt Disney's Maid, Received Shares Of Disney Stock Every Christmas

Thelma Howard with her son in a photo believed to be taken around 1941. Source:

For Thelma Howard, Walt Disney's housekeeper, stock in the Mickey Mouse operation was the gift that keeps on giving.

What does your boss give you for Christmas? A gift card? A couple of extra bucks? Getting anything for Christmas is nice, but some bosses go above and beyond - one of them being Walt Disney. The very first imagineer didn’t run his own house, instead he hired a woman that he referred to as “the real-life Mary Poppins,” Thelma Howard. She was such a treasured employee that Disney gave her stock in the company every year for Christmas and her birthday. By the time she passed away in 1994 her stocks were valued at $9 million; today that’s close to $22.5 million. Not bad for a housekeeper.