Goodbye Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of former PTL evangelist Jim Bakker, appears on the syndicated television program 'Crook & Chase' in this Aug. 24, 1987 file photo in Nashville. Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire and then saw it collapse in disgrace, died Friday, July 20, 2007, said her booking agent, Joe Spotts. She was 65. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

Live one day at a time, without fear, Tammy Faye Messner said earlier this month as she battled cancer, weighing just 65 pounds… Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire that collapsed in disgrace, has died, her manager said Saturday. She was 65.

Don’t let fear rule your life. Live one day at a time, and never be afraid.

— Tammy Faye Messner, from a note on her Web site in May that the doctors had stopped trying to treat the cancer.

I know, I know, I know. But I think, truthfully, that Tammy Faye’s life arc is really interesting, and she came around to our side more than anyone would have ever expected, given where she started. What can I say, I have a thing for larger-than-life women.

EDIT: some better bloggars than me have some nice posts on Tammy Faye: try here and here. And here too. Oh, another one.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

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4 Responses to Goodbye Tammy Faye

  1. fairlane says:

    I agree. She really wasn’t that bad, and of all the televangelists she’s the only one who ever attempted to live what she preached.

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  2. BAC says:

    I agree Tengrain … thanks for this.

    BAC

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  3. raceynora says:

    Her appearance on Larry King last week was “take your breath away” shocking. But she was upbeat and not fearful. Good on her!

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  4. TF-MA says:

    Never thought I’d say, Rest in Peace Tammy Faye. You were thoroughly American (eventually in all the good ways). Godspeed.

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