July 22, 2007

Goodbye, Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye Messner, 1942-2007, rest in peace.

I watched the documentary about her, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, last year and came away thinking that she might be one of the kindest people I'd ever gotten a chance to know about. It made me cringe to remember that when I was a kid in a fundamentalist denomination, everyone always told the cruelest jokes about AIDS patients. I wish I could forget them. And I admit, I laughed, I couldn't have been more ignorant. Of course, there were a lot of Tammy Faye jokes, too.

But she, a woman everybody laughed at, never laughed at AIDS patients and never encouraged demonizing anyone. She got swept up in materialism, and fell prey to the betrayal of false friends, but through all that, it wasn't in her to hate.

Someone with a good heart was lost to the world when she died. By my count, that makes the world worse off.

Anyway, Pam Spaulding has a better obituary.

Posted by natasha at July 22, 2007 09:51 PM | Miscellaneous | Technorati links |
Comments

Hello,
I am sad as I write this. My mother met Tammy Faye while living in Palm Springs, CA at a thrift shop right after her PTL was taken from her. My mom loved her to the end. She was kind, genuine and most importantly humble. She did have material things at one time but as she will tell you they never defined her. She was just as wonderful when she had materials things and just as wonderful when she had nothing. She was down to earth and basically wanted to share her love for everyone and everything especially God.

My mom says that when she spoke to Tammy Faye Tammy treated her like they had always known each other. She was a warm and good hearted person who will be missed by many around the world.

The world is definately worse off without her humanity and love for all us.

We miss you so much already Tammy. Please save us all a seat next to God. We will catch up to you again in Heaven.

Sincerely,
LiAnne

Posted by: LiAnne at July 23, 2007 02:56 PM