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Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home

615 Main Street, Warren, RI

OBITUARY

Dexter "Yoyo" K. Colston Jr.

April 19, 1988December 29, 2019

YoYo/Dexter passed away peacefully at home on December 29th, 2019 with their best friend Courtney and loved ones by their side. From day one of this battle, YoYo/Dexter and their Dark Lady family shared their deep appreciation of the support, encouragement, and comfort offered by friends and the Providence Queer community. The stories shared and overwhelming gestures will always be cherished in our hearts.

After a year of battling cancer, they ran out of options to fight the relentless disease, but decided rather than be sad to get louder. We all know how special it was to witness on a daily basis the incredible advocacy work for often misrepresented groups that YoYo/Dexter did-- from Pride, World Aids Day, and their reign as Miss Gay RI 2018 to just name a few. They poured everything into helping this community through service and drag. Now it’s our duty to carry the torch and continue to fight for what is just. For Ignorance = Fear... Silence= Death.. Fights AIDS Act Up!

Yoyo/Dexter loved animals, especially their dogs Daisy and Charles who are often the center of attention in the home they shared with Courtney. Celebrate Yoyo/Dexter’s life and love for animals by making a Memorial Gift Donation to the Providence Animal Rescue League (P.A.R.L) in their name.

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Patrick Willette

February 10, 2020

I didn't know them personally. But one day I was being harrassed in downtown late at night and they came to my side to help and then walked me home.
Small gestures make the biggest impact.
Thank you for that small gesture of kindness.

Natalie O’Connell

January 9, 2020

To Dexter’s family and close friends- I am so sorry for the pain you are feeling. Back in 2012/13 I worked with Dexter at a salon & spa in Gainesville, FL. I loved working with Dexter. He always made me laugh! He had a larger than life personality. He said what was on his mind- he was witty, sassy, talented & intelligent. I remember his sweet and sensitive soul, as well. I am incredibly sad to hear he lost his battle with cancer. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼✨ Love you, Dex. ♥️

Christion Battey

January 8, 2020

I worked for AIDS Project RI for many years and our agency with other partnering agencies put together the annual AIDS Walk for Life. Every year there is a keynote speaker usually someone from the community that has made an impact in our community. It was unanimous decision for Yolandi “Yoyo” to be the keynote speaker. As the date drew closer Yoyo was excited , proud, and nervous, with this said did a run through with me and it went great! The day of the walk Yolo gave the speech of a lifetime that was so impactful left the audience in tears and really got the message across. Mind you way off script and spoke from the heart, nothing of what was rehearsed, LOL! It was an amazing day and we were all very proud of Yoyo, more importantly this amazing person was proud of the accomplishment. Rest In Peace my friend and thank you for being a part of our community, you definitely made and impact!

Auntie DOff and Uncle Bill Garden

January 8, 2020

We were there on the day you were born.
So sorry that we had loss touch with you.
Will connect again in Heaven.

No more pain. You have gone to a better place
Auntie Diff and Uncle Bill

Karen Higgins

January 8, 2020

The world has lost a wonderful person, a powerful advocate for the LGBTQ community, and an incredibly talented Drag Performer. Rest in peace Yoyo/Dexter, you will be sorely missed. ♥️🏳️‍🌈 😘

Alan Degrafft

January 7, 2020

Sorry for you're lost to her family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY