|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 2009|
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Jean was the d. of James Oscar Hodgdon Jr and Florence E St. John. She was the eldest of four children: Jean, Margaret, Robert Wallace and Virginia. All were born in Minnesota.
A book written about Jean can be found at:http://www.eaglelady.com/
Another obituary: http://homernews.com/stories/011409/news_1_002.shtml
Longtime Homer resident Jean Keene, 86, best known as "The Eagle Lady," died Jan. 13, 2009, of natural causes in the company of close friends at her home on the Homer Spit.
Friends and fans of Jean will toss fish during a ceremonial eagle feeding at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eagle Spot on the Homer Spit. A celebration of her life will be at 3:30 p.m. at Land's End Resort.
Born Oct. 20, 1923, in Aitkin, Minn., Jean grew up on a dairy farm with two sisters and a brother. In her early years, she trained horses and performed stunts as a trick rider for the Red River Rodeo. Jean later worked as a pet groomer, a veterinary assistant and a professional truck driver. She also owned the Jolly Chef Cafe in Minneapolis.
Jean moved to Alaska in 1977 and settled at the Homer Spit Campground where her lifelong fondness for animals grew into an amazing relationship with hundreds of wild bald eagles.
While working at Icicle Seafoods, Jean once brought home some fish heads in a bucket to feed to a couple of eagles on the beach near her home. Feeding surplus fish to the eagles became a winter routine. Each winter, the number of eagles grew. Eventually, 200 to 300 eagles were flying in for her breakfast banquet of cod, salmon and herring.
Jean tossed fish to the eagles every winter morning for more than 30 years - no matter how inclement the weather. A veteran CBS newsman once described her as "perhaps, the toughest bird of them all."
Articles about Jean and her eagles were featured in newspapers and magazines including Life, People, Reader's Digest, USA Today and many foreign publications. She was also depicted in Ripley's Believe It Or Not! and her fascinating life is the subject of an illustrated, biographical book titled, "The Eagle Lady."
Jean's hobbies were halibut fishing, hosting picnics and making raspberry jam for friends and family. Her flower garden won local awards and drew visitors to her yard throughout the summer.
Jean is survived by her son, Lonnie; granddaughter, Chelsea Keene; and sister, Gloria Danielson, all of Minneapolis.
Source: Anchorage Daily News - 20 Jan 2009 (Online Database Ancestry.com United States Obituary Collection
Jean's remains were cremated. Some of her ashes were scattered in the bay in front of her home on the Homer Spit, some in Minnesota, and on the Pribilof Islands of Alaska, and some in places special to memories of Jean by friends and family. This information provided to me and used with permission of Jean's son, Lonnie Keene.
Florence G Hodgdon (1897 - 1973)
Jean Hodgdon Keene (1923 - 2009)
Virginia Fern Hodgdon Anderson (1929 - 1993)*
Specifically: see detailes in bio.
Created by: G47
Record added: May 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70342225
Added: May. 24, 2014
Jean you were such an inspiration to so many. Your selfless devotion to the Eagles was so beautiful. Dear Jean, Rest in Peace.|
Added: May. 15, 2012