I just recieved this email from Michael O’Quin, the manager of Frances Milstead, Divine’s mother.
“Frances Milstead, my friend and the mother of the late drag queen superstar Divine, passed away today, March 24th 2009, in The VITAS Hospice Center due to a massive stroke that she had on last Tuesday. She has been VERY involved with the gay community and with keeping her son’s legacy alive. She is the author of MY SON DIVINE and the subject of a documentary, FRANCES – A MOTHER DIVINE. She frequented many of the gay bars here in Ft. Lauderdale including The Depot, Smarty Pants, Georgie’s Alibi, and Scandals. She was a very strong lady and loved by many from all over the world. Her Birthday is April 12th and we plan to do something special for on that day. There will be a viewing at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Thursday March 26th between 4pm and 8pm. She will then be sent to Baltimore for her Funeral on Saturday March 28th. We will be planning a memorial after that. She was loved by many people all over the world and will be missed greatly.
Thank you all for being a part of her life.”
– Michael O’Quin