RIP, John Waters’s Mom

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Young John Waters with his mom, Pat, and his dad, John Sr.
Young John Waters with his mom, Pat, and his dad, John Sr.

John Waters’s mother, Patricia Waters, died this past weekend at age 89. Judging from his out-there movies, you might think that Waters was the kind of guy who may have gotten disowned at least four or five times. Quite the contrary, in fact; Waters and his mom were super-close, Julie Scharper reveals in the Baltimore Sun.

According to Scharper, Waters and his mom had spent recent months “going on Sunday adventures in Baltimore” — that is, visiting some of the filmmaker’s favorite local spots. “I take her for Sunday rides and we go to ‘scary’ neighborhoods that she’s never been to,” Waters told Scharper. “We love to do that.  I love it and she loves it too.” Waters also invited his mother to be his date for the Senator’s grand reopening last fall.

Patricia graduated from Notre Dame prep before getting a degree in French from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She and Waters’ dad had been married for 64 years when he died in 2008. Patricia played bridge, gardened, volunteered at the Towson library, and listened to opera. She also helped instill a love of culture in her children: “she…was always taking us to the ballet, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters and the Smithsonian,” said John Waters’s sister, Trish Waters. Read the Sun’s full obit here.



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