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"Family Circus" Mommy Dies at 82

5/26/2008 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Family CircusThe Mommy of "Family Circus" -- the kindly woman who was the mother of four rambunctious rugrats in every paper across the country -- and for millions of other kids all over the country, has passed away.

Thelma Keane, the inspiration for Mommy and the wife of the comic strip's creator, Bil Keane, died of Alzheimer's disease on Friday. Her husband's strip appears in 1,500 newspapers across the country.

"When the cartoon first appeared," said her husband, "she looked so much like Mommy that if she was in the supermarket pushing her cart around, people would come up to her and say, 'Aren't you the Mommy in 'Family Circus'?"

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Standing by the edge    

Ahh, Rest In Peace, Thel. What a nice Mommy she was. Sorry for your loss Mr. Keane and family.

2311 days ago
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writergal    

awwwwww...so sad! i LOVE that comic strip -- so cute!

2311 days ago
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guy    

Loved that cartoon!

2311 days ago
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rosie    

Bless her heart. I have read "The Family Circus" since I was a child and loved it. God bless her and her family for so many years of such laughter.

2311 days ago
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Angeldove    

You wil be greatly missed I looked fwd day to read the funny strip. You made being a kid then a mom funny. Heaven has a big treat comming.

2311 days ago
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Nicole    

SORRY SHE IS DEAD.

2311 days ago
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LongJohn69    

I understand she and "Blondie" were closet lesbians.

2311 days ago
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Kelli    

That is one I never passed up, thanks for the sweet memories.

2311 days ago
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Liz    

I have never really been a cartoon person but, Family Circus was one of two that I always read! RIP

2311 days ago
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Toune    

#7 Roger C - I guess tactfullness and respect wasn't something you learned as a child...

Go make fun of some other post instead of bashing people who have passed away and who brought humour to thousands of people on a daily basis.

Rest in Peace and my condolences to Mr. Keane and family

2311 days ago
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Joanne    

My deepest condolences to Mr. Keane and Family. I enjoyed each and every Family Circus cartoons I read... Those children were very fortunate to have such a loving mom (and dad, too)..

2311 days ago
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jen    

RIP....my thoughts are with the Keane family.

Roger C (#7)....you are a thoughtless, insensitive jerk.

2311 days ago
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debv    

My deepest condolences to Bil and the family, how sad.....I grew up with that comic strip, and I am lucky enough to have an autographed calander from Mr. Keane.




Poster #7 Roger: How disrepectful and uncalled for. You should be ashamed of yourself!!

2311 days ago
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Puter Boi    

#7 Roger C. is one of Harvey Levin's b*tches.

2311 days ago
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Jeb    

This has been a great comic strip for all my family. I hope it continues for a long time to come, now as a lasting tribute to Thelma Keane.

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