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RIP Tammy Faye

Written by PETA | July 23, 2007

I’m sure you heard the news that Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker) passed away this weekend after a long battle with colon cancer.

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Tammy Faye definitely had it rough, (check out the enjoyable documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye if you’re interested in that part of her life), but she always managed to face the world with two very important things: her trademark chipper attitude and loads of mascara. And it was those two things that led us to get in touch with her back in 2003 to see if she’d be interested in helping with our Caring Consumer campaign. We found out that Tammy Faye loved animals and she was horrified to find out what happens to them in labs, so she jumped at the chance to help.

Tammy Faye clearly got the concept of true Christian compassion, and we’re proud to have had her grace the cover of our cruelty-free shopping guide.

RIP Tammy Faye.

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  • Melanie says:

    I love Tammy but I never knew that she appeared on a caring consumer guide! I was just searching for a pic of her and came across this. Wonderful. :)

  • DAN SCHAEFER says:

    GIRL…..WHAT A TALENT…AND WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF BEING YOURSELF….I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERY DAY TAMMY…PEACE!

  • LORI MALLOY says:

    WE LOVED YOU TAMMY THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU AND JIM DID WHEN MY DADDY PASS AWAY THE CALL AND ALLNOW YOU AND ARE IN THE HAND OF THE AGAIN AND SING TOGETHER HE ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU SING HE LOVE THE PTL CLUB AND HELP YOU OUT REV VERNIE WESLEY FAMILY

  • stephanie says:

    i just wanted to say tammy seemed like a very nice and sweet sweet person. i only knew her from tv. we need more kind and caring people like her in this troubled world we all live in for sure! god bless her she is at peace now

  • Randy Bridges says:

    Tammy Faye was a loving human being to all she ever touched. God did break the mold when he created her. End of an era one of a kind. I miss you sweetheart Love Randy

  • Loretta says:

    If more of us “christians” were like Tammy Faye what a wonderful world this would be. I will miss seeing you Tammy but hope someday to meet you in heaven. Another beautiful LIGHT gone from this world Love you Tammy and you will be mightly missed! Loretta from Ma.

  • Loretta says:

    Tammy Faye was a very GOOD EXAMPLE of what a christian should be She was always sincere and I would have loved to have her as a friend. So HAPPY THAT ONE DAY i WILL meet her in heaven if only more of us christians could be more like her what a wonderful world this would be. Another ‘LIGHT” gone out of the world! Love you Tammy and goodbye for now. Loretta

  • Kimchi says:

    I didn’t even know you were dead. Loved your positive attitude and sparkling eyes. You were truly at one with God. And yourself. Like they say only the good die young. You died way before your time. rip

  • John says:

    What a dear lady. She will be greatly missed. I had the opportunity to meet her several years ago. Even though she was surrounded by hundreds of people she acted as if I was the only person in the world. I will never forget her. I hope you can now truly rest in peace… in the arms of the God you loved so much!

  • john says:

    Yes I TOO WAS TOUCHED BY TAMMY IN 84 I WAS AT PTL AS A TEENAGER AND IT STUCKIN ME AS I GOT OLDER I KEPT UP WITH TAMMY SHE WAS A WONDERWOMAN A LAY OF CLASS SHE MADE ME WISH ALL WOMEN WERE MORE CAREING OF HOW THEY LOOKED I ALSO REMEMBER GOIGNT O PTL ABOUT THE TIME HER DAUGHTER HOSTED THE SHOW AS SHE WAS SICK SHE DID A WONDERFUL JOB ALSO HOPE SHE KNOWS AS MUCH TROUBLE AS HER MOM WENT THREW SHE LOVED BOTH THOSE KIDS

  • Holly mihalick says:

    I would loke to know where I am able to get more of Tammy’s Recordings if posible I liked her very much and I too am able to say that she was who she was and no one can take that away from her because the Good Lord made her who she is praise the Lord.

  • Patricia Postel says:

    Lost contact with your ministry some time ago but I heard you were sick so I pray for you because during your PTL days you always pray for my needs and family’ needs. I always remember your beautiful blue eyes smile but most of all that beautiful voice. I know you are singing with angels and all your former singing guests from PTL days can’t wait to get there to hear your voice again now with the heavenly choir. My husband went to bible school and was a soldier in the passion play at PTL we are lifetime partners. You have probably already met him in heaven because he went home on June 8 2007. It won’t be long we’ll all be going home. That beautiful reunion in the portals of glory. Welcome to your new abode no one deserve it more than you. Your days of pains and trials are now over and I do declare that there is mascara in heaven because Our God created it for gracious ladies like us. Good thing is that it will no longer run down our face because everything is perfect there. My sincere sympathy to your family and like I told my husband Victor see when I see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You were design by Our Lord and Saviour and I was so blessed by that design!!!!!!!Rest in peace my dear friend!

  • Trish says:

    Ive been reading Tammy’s book I will survive and you will too! That is a very good book. Tammy was a very sweet lady. Her book has helped me with my own problems.

  • Kathleen Windas-Goodwin says:

    It’s been almost 6 monthes since Tammy Fayes’ passing. It’s hard to believe that fast the time flew by. I’m still struck by the fact that she is one of the most Christian women in our life time. More people should take her example loving caring nonjudgemental and forgiving. Her Faith in our Lord is a shining example of what we should have.

  • JA'MEELAH SECK says:

    I WAS PROUD TO KNOW THAT SHE WAS BURRIED IN MY HOMETOWN KANSAS CITY SHE WAS A VERY SPECIAL LDY WHO LVED GOD HER FAMILY AND LIFE. SHE WAS DEDICATED TO SERVING GOD. MAY SHE R.I.P.

  • sid says:

    I don’t understand how everyone can think of a person like that who bilked millions out of good people. She and her ex do not fit the definition of true Christians.

  • cyndi says:

    “DONT GIVE UP”….are the words that ring in my ear from my friend Tammy. She never knew me as a friend but I always held her in my heart as one. I was a teenage mother. Pregnant at 16. Scared and alone in 1983. I supported the PTL club and felt good about what I could contribute no matter how small. I thought Tammy was ONLY singing to ME…. she told me NOT to give up because GOD is not thru with me…..She was the FIRST person in my life at that time to reinforce my importance with the Most High and also to myself. My daughter is now a college graduate and I have waited far too long to express my graditute. My deepest heartfelt sorrow for Tammy and Jamie. Your mom touched my heart at such a young age and still to this day at age 42. ALL MY LOVE TO TAMMY FAYE AND HER CHILDREN

  • karen says:

    well i never knew tammy personally but i watched the show on t.v her husband and herself i enjoyed it very much and was surprised that she was even sick as i really didn’t notice she was allways full of joy and smiles that last forever such a sweet lady may god bless her

  • Anonymous says:

    TAMMY FAYE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LADY AND SHE WAS A WONDERFUL SINGER. MARGARET IN TENN.

  • wilda d Gray says:

    i would like to say i loved tammy fay her singing touched hearts and brought souls to thank you

  • RANDY says:

    TAMMYS CELEBRATION MEMORIAL IS COMEING UP IN TWO DIFFERENT PLACESI WOULD NEVER TAKE A PLANEBUT WOULD A BUS JUST TO GO CELEBRATE HER LIFE WITH THOSE WHO LOVED HER.I NEVER MET HER IN LIFEAND THAT IS MY ONLY REGRETI WISHED I MET HER.I AM A GAY MAN 39 NOW AND WATCHED PTL FAITHFULLY JUST TO SEE TAMMY.SHE WAS AND IS MY INSPIRATION FOR LIVINGSHE CAUSED LIFE IN ME THRU CHRIST JUST BY THE WAY SHE WAS.SHE LOVED US ALLEVEN WHEN SOME HURT HERSHE FORGAVESHE SHARED HER HEARTSHE WAS TRUE TO HERSELF AND OTHERSBY WEARING HER MAKEUPCAUSE IT MADE HER FEEL BETTER AND HAPPYBY DOING THAT SHE CAUSED ME TO SEE THAT IT IS OK TO BE DIFFERENTAND LOVE YOURSELF JUST AS YOU ARE.SHE WAS TRUELY THE ONLY WOMAN I WISHED I HAD MET AND MARRIEDTHAT SAYS ALOT COMEING FROM A GAY MANLOTS OF LAFS TAMMY.I NEVER HAVE FOUND A MORE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN INSIDE OR OUT THEN TAMMY FAYE BAKKER MESSNERAND I MEAN THAT TRUELYI LOVED HOW SHE PRESENTED HERSELF WITH BEAUTY AND GRACE AND LOVE AND HOW SHE TRUELY LOVED US ALL JUST AS WE ARE.SHE IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW BESIDES CHRIST HIM SELFTHAT TRUELY LOVED WITHOUT CONDEMNATION.OH MY HEART IS SWOLLEN WITH TEARS BECAUSE OF TAMMY FAYES LEAVING THIS OLD EARTHBUT I KNOW IN MY HEART OF HEARTS WHERE TAMMY FAYE IS TODAYSHE IS WITH THE JESUS SHE LOVED AND SERVED ALL HER LIFEIN HEAVEN.TAMMY I KNOW YOU SAID NO TEARSBUT THESE ARE TEARS OF JOYKNOWING YOU ARE NOT IN ANYMORE PAIN AND YOU ARE WITH THE COMFORTER OF ALL COMFERTERSOUR GODJEHOVAH THE ALMIGHTY ONEYOUR HEALER WHO DELIVERED YOU FROM YOUR DISEASE.SOME SAID HE DIDNT HEAL YOUBUT YES HE DIDWHEN YOU PASSEDYOU DIDNT TAKE THAT CANCERGOD DELIVERED YOU FROM IT AND TOOK YOU TO HEAVENSO YOU DID RECEIVE YOUR HEALINGTO GOD BE THE GLORY.IF I COULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU TAMMY FAYE IT WOULD BE TO TELL YOUR SON AND DAUGHTER THIS.TAMMY SUE AND JAY BAKKERDO NOT LET TAMMY FAYES DEATH DERAIL YOU FROM GODS PATHWAY.GOD DID HEAL YOUR MOTHER WHEN HE TOOK HER TO HEAVENSO HE DID DO FOR HER LIKE HE SAID HE WOULDHE DID NOT LIEHE DELIVERED TAMMY FAYE YOUR MOTHER FROM CANCER.MY BROTHER WAS MURDERED IN 91 BEATEN SHOT AND BURNED ALIVE IN HIS OWN HOME.I ALMOST LEFT GOD BECAUSE OF THATDONT LET YOUR MOTHERS PASSING TO HEAVEN FROM THIS EARTH DESTROY WHAT GODS PLANS ARE FOR YOU TWOJUST REMEMBER THISWE NEED YOU TO REACH OUT TO USWE ARE HURTING GODS PEOPLE ARE BLEEDING INSIDE TAMMY SUE AND JAY.YOU BOTH CARRY TAMMY FAYES MANTLE OF ANNOINTING NOWCARRY IT WITH LOVE JUST AS SHE DIDAND WATCH US REACH BACK TO YOU BOTH.TAMMY SUEYOUR MUSIC WILL TOUCH THE GAYSAND JAY YOUR PREACHING HAS DONE THE SAMEWE ARE LOST WITHOUT YOU BOTHREMEMBER I LOVE YOU BOTH AND WANT TO SAY THIS IN CLOSEINGTHE MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN IS WAITING IN HEAVEN AND WATCHING HER CHILDREN REACH THE DIEINGSHE IS SEEING HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF THAT MANTLE SHE HAS LAVISHED ON YOU BOTHIT IS HER WEALTH TO YOUTHE ONLY TRUE WEALTH THAT YOU CAN TAKE WITH YOU THAT MATTERS TO HEAVENSALVATION IN OTHERSBE JEWELS IN YOUR MOTHERS CROWNGO GET EM AND MAKE HER PROUD

  • tammy emery says:

    tammy was a sweet personshe had such a loving spiritshe had a way with people and knew how to minister to them she is a angel sent from god she will be very much missedshe was always my idol i always wanted to have a spirit like tammy may god bless you tammy and one day we will see each other again we love you

  • bauhearse says:

    PETA shouldn’t be seen as an organization supported by crazy christians. so I find all this “God bless you”nagging a little dissappointing.

  • eileen swota says:

    I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER MY DAYS AT THE GARDEN OF EDEN AS I REFERRED TO PTL. THO I LOST SEVERAL LIFETIMES I KNEW THE MONEY WAS A GIFT TO THE LORD NOT TO JIM AND TAMMY. THE FALSE INFO WRITTEN ABOUT THEM SADDENED ME TERRIBLY. TAMMY AND I WERE BOTH BORN ON MARCH 7 OUR HUSBANDS WERE BOTH BORN IN JAN. AND WE WERE ALL MARRIED IN APRIL. SEVERAL YEARS WHILE THERE I WAS REMEMBERED WITH A CORSAGE AND EVEN GIVEN THE BRIDAL SUITE ONE YEAR since our yearly visit was to celebrate our anniversary. this year would have been 58 years. WE CONTINUED OUR YEARLY TIME WITH THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WE MET AT TIMESHARE WITH WHOM I AM BLESSED TO STILL be IN TOUCH BY PHONE EMAIL OR LETTER. MY GREATEST YEARS WERE SPENT AT PTL AND ALWAYS DID AND ALWAYS WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR THE 22 YEARS I ENJOYED THE WONDERS THERE. MY HUSBAND IS NOW IN HEAVEN WITH TAMMY. SHE HAD THE HEART OF GOD. JIM TOO. I WAS AT PTL WHEN TAMMY SUE WAS 17 AND SAW HER BEAU PIN HER IN FRONT OF THE WATERPARK. MAY GOD BLESS JAMIE CHARLES AND TAMMY SUE AND ROE FOREVER AND MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT WALK WITH THEM THRU THEIR GRIEF. CANNOT EXPRESS ALL I WOULD DESIRE TO SHARE ABOUT THAT WONDERFUL FAMILY. HOW THEY LIVED THRU THAT TERRIBLE NIGHTMARE AND CAME OUT LIKE ROYALTY WHICH THEY ARE ALL SPECTACULAR TO LIVE THRU WHAT THE MEDIA DID TO THEM. THEY ARE TRUE CHRISTIANS THRU AND THRU. I THANK GOD FOR KNOWING THE BAKKERS. WHAT TERRIFIC MODELS THEY ALL ARE TO THE WORLD. LOVINGLY IN JESUS FROM DEEP WITHIN MY HEART EILEEN SWOTA FROM NY

  • audrey says:

    Jesus came in person to take tammy home.

  • Alex Hartley says:

    I remember Tammy. I was a child when she and jim were on the PTL Club. I always loved Tammy’s attitude and singing. I thought she had the most wonderful touching voice. I bought every album I could get my hands on of hers. I always loved her looks. I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen ans she had a spirit to go with it. You will be deeply missed by me Tammy. You sang Don’t Give Up and I never gave up on you. Alexander Hartley

  • terry saby says:

    i loved the way tammy was i will miss her dearly

  • kellisa Daniel says:

    I am from the virgin Island st.croix I just like to see tammy talk about god and how much he loves us may you rest in peace.

  • geger says:

    When I first saw you on PTL I remember thinking”It is OK for Christian women to wear makeuphave your hair done and dress in the most updated styles”and it does not make you any less of a Christian….And I want to thank you for that. You were definately “God’s gift” Always happyexcited and most of all so positive…Tammy Faye thankyou…You will be so missed but now it is our turn to say” We are happy and excited for youcause now you are with the Lord enjoy your life and will see you…Hope there is makeup in heavenalso!!

  • Ms Geri Parrish says:

    BEFORE I BECAME FULLY DEAF I remember Tammy singing His eyes are on the sporrow . now I am fully deaf I can still hear her voice singing it. my heart goes out to her fammily and friends. i shall send a baloon up for her im 43 an suffered a stroke years ago so it hard to get around I will stil send up that balloon in her memory i wish i had a personal picture of her!

  • Jan Wills says:

    I miss you Tammy Faye. I adopted a beautiful kitten. We named her Tammy Faye. RIP. sweet Woman

  • Daphni Daniels says:

    I did not watch you from the start but became impressed with you the way you handled your sickness with strength dignity and courage. I watched you in the final hours and I have gained strength as a christian. You brought to life the scripture that says Fight the Good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. May your soul rest in peace.

  • Dee Timms says:

    I REMEMBER YOU FROM THE START DEAR PRECIOUS FRIENDMY SON WAS YOUR SONS AGE WHEN U FIRST STARTED PTL MY HUSBAND AND I WENT DOWN THERE TO HAVE OUR HONEY MOON WE VISITED UPPER ROOM AND IT WAS ALL JUST STARTING THE OTHER FRIDAY ON lARRY KINGS I SAID GOODBYE TO YOUR FOR I KNEW IT WELL BE A SHORT TIME BEFORE I SAY HELLO AGAIN U WERE ONE OF OUR PRECIOUS ANGELS HERE ON EARTH I LOVED U AND YOUR MUSIC U HELPEDMANY AND MYSELF ONLY GOD KNOWS HOW U LABOURED THE CROWNS WELL BE THERE LOVE U AND MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR FAMILY Dee

  • Gavilana says:

    Thank you Tammy Faye for being such a precious soul and for loving all creatures with such deep compassion. Yes we now have another beautiful Angel. I love you Tammy. RIP

  • Debbie Smith says:

    I watched PTL for many years Tammy always fasicated me. I hated so much to hear of her suffering and I prayed for her often. she showed such strength on Larry King’s program. I did see Tammy on the Surreal Life as always she was such a cutup but stayed true to her faith. May you rest in peace with your God. Some day I hope to meet you in heaven. Condolences to all your loved ones left behind…I am so happy your pain and suffering is no more and once again you are beautiful and happy.

  • ROSA says:

    TO TAMMY FAYE ILOVE YOU WITH MY HEART TANNY GOD BLESS YOU IMISS YOU TAMMYFAYE SEE IN HEAVEN TAMMY FAYE YOU WORLD SO NICE PRESON TO US TAMMY FAYE IWATCH YOU OM LARRY KING TAMMY FAYE

  • ROSA FROM P. R. says:

    YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND TAMMY GOD REST YOUR SOUL.YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.

  • Deb Conner says:

    I really appreciate the fact that Tammy Faye was so kind to animals and she demonstrated a side of “christian” behavior not commonly seen today tolerance towards gay people. RIP Tammy. I’m glad you’re not in pain anymore.

  • Susan Carlock says:

    Yes…because we are human we are selfish and therefore will miss Tammy Faye. However she is with her Lord and Savior and she is happy and where in my opinion we all want to be someday when our duty is done. Let us celebrate the life of Tammy Faye and that she is giving in Heaven as she gave here.

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    Tammy was a wonderful person and she has done mant wonderful things thru out her life not only for humans but for animals alike!! I saw her on Larry King and could not believe nor did I know she had cancer. then she passed the next day all i know is she made a differnce in the world!! we just got another angel!!

  • Brenda Miller says:

    Tammy Faye is a sweetheart my children grew up with Tammy and Jim we had breakfast with them every morning…they were on TV were were at the kitchen table. Tammy Faye even back then loved animals. She was and is a blessing too all her 2 and 4 legged friends!

  • Mary Alene says:

    I was saddened to hear of her passing … Rest In Peace Miss.Tammy Faye.

  • yllyana armas says:

    I knew about tammy in a celebrity show she looks to me like a good compasion lovely person. im very sad about her dead but she is resting now in peace.

  • Kelly K says:

    Miss Tammy you will be missed. I do not believe as her religion but her love and compassion to all humans and animals is a trait all should adopt. This was so evident in the reality lol show the surreal life. She never looked at anyone as beneath her. She was a loving spirit to all and her ever present laughter still rings in my ears. At the end she still showed grace and an unshakable sense of courage. Rest in Peace. You may be gone but will never be forgotten!

  • Ronda Kay Cornwell says:

    DEAREST SWEET TAMMY FAYE. REST IN THE ARMS OF THE ANIMAL ANGELS! YOU WERE A BEAUTIFULAMAZING WOMAN! GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL! HUGSKISSES. A FOREVER FRIEND. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR LOVESUPPORT.

  • Billie Werenicz-Stakhovskogo says:

    Home at last Tammy. I’m sure you were met by many of your old pets all welcoming you home jumping for joy at seeing you again finally.

  • Donna Stevens says:

    Tammy Faye was one of my favorite people. She has gone home.

  • SKBNWINTERS says:

    She was a very good person at heart just lost her way for awhile. It’s finding it back in the end that counts though. I cried when she died was saddened to know that she claimed PTL did nothing wrong WRONG! and I will miss her. She is in a BETTER PLACE! Rest in peace Tammy

  • Anonymous says:

    God Bless Tammy Faye… She taught us love forgiveness compassion and faith. I am in awe of her unconditional love for all living creatures. We will miss you!

  • Ellen says:

    Having seen her last interview with Larry King I admired her courage and now knowing her genuine love for animals I admire her even more. May she find peace.

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