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John Waters' Beloved Mother, Patricia Waters, Dies At Age 89

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NEW YORK-AUGUST 15: Director John Waters and his mother arrive at the Roseland Ballroom for the Broadway musical Hairspray opening night after party August 15, 2002, in New York City. The musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images) | Lawrence Lucier via Getty Images

Patricia W. Waters, a homemaker, Anglophile and mother of filmmaker John Waters, died Saturday of unknown causes at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 89.

"She was our matriarch. She was an unusually strong and loving mother who was lovely and taught me the articles of good taste which I turned into a career," said John S. Waters Jr. "She was equally proud of all of her children and their different lives."

The former Patricia Whitaker was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and was raised there and later in Baltimore.

She was a 1940 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1944 from Sweet Briar College.

Mrs. Waters and her husband of 64 years, John Samuel Waters, who founded a commercial fire-extinguisher business, supported their son John's interest in filmmaking, which began at their Lutherville home. Her husband died in 2008.

Mrs. Waters was an avid gardener and had been a member for 62 years of the Lutherville Garden Club.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Waters is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Waters Marshall Weatherly of Bridgewater, Va., and Patricia Whitaker Waters of Alexandria, Va.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Another son, Stephen Bosley Waters. died in 2009.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com ___

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