Posted by: merlyn9 | 16 January, 2009

Tribute to Jean Keene

Jean Keene a.k.a. the “Eagle Lady” has passed away.


On Tuesday, 13Jan09 Jean Keene passed away in Homer Alaska.

Jean has been feeding the eagles of Homer Spit during winters for over 30 years from the spot she made her home back in the ’70’s.  Many photographers should be in debit to her for providing the opportunity for close up and group shots this provided.  While it was not winter when we visited nor did we see any Eagle there, we did have a chance to briefly meet Jean.


(L-R) Michael, Jean, and Scott in her Garden

I fist spoke to Jean via E-mail back in 2005 while we were planning a trip to Alaska for my friends 50th birthday.

We had spoke about stopping by for a visit. So when we were out in Homer wondering around, Diane kept insisting we find Jeans home and stop in to say `hello`.


(L-R) Diane, Jean, and Scott in Jean's Garden

We eventually came across Jeans place, and she invited us into her garden to sit a visit. She was such a sweet individual with a lot of heart. I have cherished that meeting and the photo’s we have from that visit.


Jean accepting a delivery at her home...

I had also ordered a Biography titled `The Eagle Lady` by Cary Anderson an Alaskan Photographer which both Cary and Jean had autographed. This is a wonderful book all about Jean’s life and adventures in Homer and with the Eagles.

As in life, when it was her time to go, she did it Her way, quietly at home. Near her Eagles. There are over 80 wonderful images in this book which only adds to reinforce memories of our time in Homer and that visit with Jean.

There is a cool and very friendly bar on the Spit, Salty Dawg Saloon.  One of Alaska’s oldest Saloons, just look for the lighthouse.  It’s located just down at the end of the Spit… Mossy on in and have a drink in honor of Jean.  Leave your own mark up on the wall/ceiling too!

Jean Keene’s Memorial Service Info.  Post your condolences.

As Diane expresses: `From the Thoughts of one Potawatomi, You have earned Your Eagle Feathers.`



We Raise our Glasses to You Jean!


Jean You will be missed!  We hope you find peace.


A few YouTube related video’s:

The Eagles of Homer-A Story inspired by Jean Keene-
The Eagle Lady – Book
Homer Eagles in a Winter Storm


All Images Copyrighted © 2009 michael T. sedwick



  1. Looking forward to the description of your adventures.

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