Ms. P’s Life Reflections
Paula Rènee Mansfield, better known as Ms. P, took her final bow on September 6, 2023, in the very city she was born, St. Louis, MO. She was born on April 20, 1970, to the late Sallie Ann Whitehorn and Eric Lanier Mansfield and grew up with siblings Eric, Charmayne, Diane, and Erika. In addition to her mother, she was predeceased by her infant sister, Zegretta Helen Mansfield, her older sister Charmayne, and her middle son, De'von Antonio Drake.
Now, folks, if there's one thing you should know about Ms. P it's that she was a woman of many talents. She attended Beaumont High School, obtained her GED, and graduated from Elaine Stevens Cosmetology School. From doing hair to driving a school bus for St. Louis Public Schools, she was always on the go. She even worked at Ford Motors and spent 12 years at Lincoln SKF's warehouse. If there was a job to be done, Ms. P was on it like white on rice.
But let's not forget her culinary skills. Oh, she could cook, y'all! There was no dish too challenging for her. She was the queen of the kitchen at family gatherings and holiday events. She even dreamed of owning a food truck, not for the money but to share her love for cooking with the world.
When she wasn't working or cooking, Ms. P loved to host parties at her house. Her place was the spot for family gatherings that always included card games, dominoes, and old school R&B music. Her love for the sounds of Anita Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Monica was just as strong as her love for her Yorkie fur baby, Diesel.
Paula was the epitome of selflessness, always putting others before herself. Her passion for life was contagious, and her infectious laughter could brighten up even the gloomiest of days. She was the life of the party and the glue that held the family together.
In her memory, let's not shed tears of sorrow but instead, let's remember her with a smile. Let's remember her laughter, her love for life, and her beautiful smile. Ms. P - Paula Rènee Mansfield, you will forever be remembered as the beautiful, loving, selfless, and passionate woman that you were.
Ms. P was a loving mother to her three boys, and her love extended to the neighborhood kids who all saw her house as their second home. She is survived by her sons Anthony Drake and Arrion Scott; her father, Eric L. Mansfield; her siblings, Eric, Diane, and Erika; seven grandchildren, and a whole host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss her dearly.