A celebration of life for Deja Devonier is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 at Lips in Fort Lauderdale. The service is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
To celebrate Deja this service should be vibrant, inspirational, funny, and fierce, just like Deja.
Deja passed away last month. She is best known for her residences at Lips, Boardwalk, Boom, Bill’s Filling Station, Spiderweb, and Monkey Business – impressing countless fans with her out-of-this- world Tina Turner routine. Deja will be missed for her kindness and humor.
Throughout her long career, Deja won pageant titles such as Miss Stonewall, Miss Unite, Miss Florida Continental, Miss Boardwalk, Miss Torpedo, and several others. With all the sashes and crowns, Deja still lived with an attitude of gratitude—always quick to thank everyone who played a role in her success. That included her family, countless friends, and fellow drag queens including Velvet Lenore, Nikki Adams, and Champagne Bordeaux.
Her friends supported her with love and kindness throughout her illness. Back in April, the ladies of Lips held an event to benefit Deja.
Friends said they are heartbroken by her passing.
“Deja was just the kind of person that lived to put a smile on people’s faces,” said friend Brian Suthers. “She was part of the original Lips family, and pretty much anywhere she worked she became family. She was always there for others, which makes it hard that she was very private about her own battle. I think it's because Deja wanted people to remember her in that sassy, upbeat performer sort of way.”
Just like her Facebook said, “being me to the fullest” was one of her jobs. She wasn't a drag queen or a female impersonator, she was an entertainer and lived “her life to her fullest.”
On Dec. 10, the doors at Lips will open at 7 p.m. Lips is located at 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.