Condolences to Jeff and the entire Keane Family

Melinda Kay Keane

Melinda Kay Keane, 59, passed away on the morning of May 29, in Dana Point, CA. She was the wife of Family Circus cartoonist Jeff and a loving mother to her three children – Spencer, Matilda, and Olivia. Melinda was an accomplished costume designer, seamstress, and educator at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano and ran her own costume design and rental business – Keane Designs. She fought a valiant two-year battle with brain cancer (glioblastoma), smiling, laughing, and enjoying life throughout.


“Love a lot. Dance in the kitchen. Sing when you want. Say what you want. Don’t care too much of what other people think. Always pet the dog. Eat on the fancy plates. And just go for it!”


We share the sorrow of the Keane Family.

2 thoughts on “Condolences to Jeff and the entire Keane Family

  1. Mr Keane,
    Please accept condolences from a 78 year old regular reader. I’ve shared your family cartoons with my family for many years. The warmth and humor with which you recall the touching moments of family life always made us smile.
    Now I know who was the wellspring of your life. What a tragic loss for you, your family and friends. I am so sorry for your grief.

  2. I love everyone of your cartoons. You can say so much in just one toon. They show so much emotion, sweetness, humility, Joy, loving, and ability to show the sweet mind of a child.

    Thank you very much,
    Richard Thompson

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