Desiree Luv


KANSAS, City, Mo. -- Born Esteban Rodolfo Romero, November 21, 1965, to the late Reynaldo J. Romero Jr. and Esperanza Jimenez in Lima, Ohio, and departed this Earth known as Desiree Luv, on January 10, 2014.

Desiree spent the last 17 years in Kansas City, Missouri, entertaining her devoted fans on many stages. She was the current reigning Queen of Miss USA Classic and Miss Kansas City Black Pride. She enjoyed volunteering her time with AMFAR helping to raise over half a million dollars for HIV research. She also belonged to the committees of Kansas City Black Pride and Kansas City Diverse Coalition. Desiree was an advocate and was a huge voice in the gay community of Kansas City. She will be missed by so many who loved her and had the utmost respect for her.

Desiree leaves behind her mother, Esperanza Jimenez of Defiance, Ohio; daughter, Christina Romero; and three grandchildren, Reyna, Alex and Ashlynn of Napoleon, Ohio; sisters, Rebecca (Melvin) Banks-Romero, Maria-Isabel (Christopher) Williams, Cory-Rawson, Ohio; brother; Reynaldo J. (Stephanie) Romero III; nieces, Andraeu Romero and Taylor Young, Leila and Kassidy Williams and Elisa Garza; nephews, Ronnie (Ashley) Romero, Francisco Page, Dominique and Noah Romero; great-nieces, Aaliyah Romero and Isabel Young; great-nephews Quinton Romero and Harlyn Young; and special great-niece, Jocelynn Romero. Also surviving are beloved friends, John (Flo) Koop, Gary Carrington and Korea Gleason-Kelly; and special friend, Eric Trotter.

She was preceded in death by her father, grandparents and brothers-in-law, Melvin Banks and James Young.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. until the funeral service begins at 1 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

Memorials in Desiree's name may be left to the family under Rebecca Romero's name. Online condolences may be left at

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  • Dear Rebecca, having never lost a sibling I cannot say I know how you feel, all I can say is I express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I pray God comforts your whole family at this time of loss.I wish I had wonderful words that made you feel better but, losses like this cannot easily be accepted. May you gain strength from your memories, and may time heal your pain.I am so saddened for your familys loss. God bless you all