Mike Kennedy's eulogy to his aunt, Anna Pearce, whom we knew as Patty Duke:
And yet, among the countless thousands of laudatory words that have been written about her brilliant life and acting career, one thought struck me that among the people who are celebrating her – none of these people have ever seen Patty Duke play the role of Landlord. Except me. And I can report it didn’t go quite as well as the many other roles she played in her life.
It started when Anna and Mike brought her Mom, our grandma Frances Duke, to live near them to get her the help she needed after a lifetime on the east coast. Grandma lived in their house for a time, in a senior facility for a time, and then they bought her a lovely little house in downtown Coeur d’Alene. I moved to Coeur d’Alene around the same time and lived in Mike and Anna’s basement while I debated what the heck I was going to do with my life. More here.