OBITUARY

Paula Rae Downs

January 22, 1947April 1, 2019
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Paula Rae Downs, age 72, of Mesquite, Texas passed away on Monday April 1, 2019. Paula was born January 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California to parents Robert and Mary Vicars. Paula worked in various careers throughout her life. She worked at Southwestern Bell for over 18 years. Paula was known for being one of the developers of the Museum for the Telephone Pioneers of America. She also drove the tram at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. In 2002 she became an activities director for a nursing home where she met a veteran named Clancy Downs, from which she became an advocate for the American Veterans.

Paula was full of life and never met a stranger. She enjoyed watching movies, especially her favorite, Gone with the Wind. She loved singing, dancing, and attending the Dallas Summer Musicals. Paula was very crafty and she loved embroidering. The most important part of Paula's life was her family and she especially loved her children and grandchildren.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings. She is survived by her daughter Scarlet Stewart, son John Holt and wife Christy, grandchildren Keaghan and Kamdyn Holt, sister in law Teresa Vicars, nieces and nephews Paul Vicars IV, Mary Faythe Wilton, James Vicars, Charlie Vicars, Sarah Vicars, and Hayley Vicars.

A Memorial Service for Paula will be held Monday, April 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Clayton-Gonzalez Funeral Home, 1111 Military Parkway, Mesquite, TX 75149.

A second Memorial Service will occur in Seguin, Texas at a later date and time.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.andersonclaytongonzalez.com for Paula's family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, April 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Paula Rae Downs

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Millie Arnold

April 8, 2019

I know Paula was looking down from heaven with a smile today during her memorial. Precious Paula was such a dynamic gift from heaven for 72 years. Our paths crossed at different times over the years starting with Sunday school at St Marks United Methodist in Mesquite. Paula was always the life of any gathering be it on Sunday morning, class parties or weekend retreats. She was a great friend to Don Brown and always had great stories to share about their various adventures. Paula freely gave of herself with craft projects while I was working at Baylor. Also, anytime there was a need she was the first to make a donation declaring that her money belonged to God in the first place. Praying for your family during this time of loss but also celebrating like the balloons that freely surrounded her memorial today. Blessings to you all.

Debbi-Cathy Wendt-Johnson

April 8, 2019

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I lost my mom in 2011 and both of those ladies took me under their wings. When my mom took her last breath I felt as if I had too but I was still left standing here on earth. Paula and Deborah understood my pain. They would be at my every call anytime day or night with scripture and words of encouragement. They both had a special relationship with the Lord. Several times I would be at my lowest point curled up crying out to the Lord for help late at night (1 or 2 in the morning) and my phone would ring and it would be Paula, I even ask her one night if she was my earthly angel. Paula was truly an example of Ecclesiastes 4:10 if one person falls down, the other can help them up, pity on the person who falls but has no one to pick them up.
I was also blessed to be able to be there for her many late nights when she would also reach out to me during rough times with illnesses or other trials, saying I don't think I can do this any more. Jesus was always there to lift us up in each other. In Prov. 27:17 it says iron sharpens iron and one person sharpens another...that is what our sisterhood was to me. Earthly angels like Paula to keep you in check, tell you like it is even when you don't like it, encourage each other to strengthen our walk with the Lord to get through the rough times and rejoice in the good times. In Matthew 7:16 by their fruits you will recognize them, grapes don't come from a thorn bush. A bad tree cannot produce good fruit. There was no doubt that Paula was a Christian, were her heart was good fruit was left. Paula even at her worst times in her life while surrounded with others who too were in that same low place would reach out to them to let them know that Jesus loved them and to never give up, there was always hope and healing.
Prov. 31:25 She is clothed in strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future.
Love You Dear Sweet Friend

debbi-Cathy Johnson

April 8, 2019

Hi,
I am Debbi-Cathy as Paula would call me because she said that she already had a friend named Deb or Debra meaning Deborah Alexander and that I looked more like a Cathy to her so she was going to call me Debbi-Cathy from then on. At first I didn't know what to think but quickly realized that was her special nickname for me, so she must have liked me. Sharing "A" favorite memory of being with Paula is very difficult to do because being with Paula was always a fun time. I loved spending time with her, she could and would turn any situation into a party. I knew that time with Paula would result in laughing so hard that I would have sore cheeks the next day. Paula was loving, caring, compassionate, very intelligent, bright and colorful, loved shiny sparkling blingy things and making people happy. Paula enjoyed life to the fullest and wanted everyone around her to do the same.
In Genesis it talks about how the Lord made woman as a gift for man and Paula was truly a gift to this world. Paula had a love for the Lord that she shared with all who would listen and would try and sneak it in on those who weren't interested. I am not sure if she ever really understood what a precious gift and a blessing that she alone was, without all the earthly treasures or money that the world holds valuable. Her sweet loving heart could reach right through your chest and touch your pain. She was defenitely a vessel for God's love to others.
We, Paula, Deborah Alexander and I were all night owls. So while most of our family and friends slept we were laughing, loving and sharing what ever life was throwing our way even each others pain, pain all on one's shoulders can be quite a load but split 4 ways is a peice of cake. We 3, laughed and cried together. There was not a problem that between the 3 of us and Jesus, we could not fix or atleast be at peace about after our midnight gab fest. (I have more but I ran out of space on this one, it will be continued on another entry).

Trent Harris

April 5, 2019

Back in the day Paula was working - if I recall incorrectly, it’s been 33 years, give me a break 🤪 - at Bell Telephone as some sort of big company party planner (?), planning anything from a company picnic to a dinner party for the CEO. Basically a dream job, right. That’s the backstory to the story.
Scarlet and I worked at Chili’s 🌶 and Paula would sashay up in there after work...blazing red hair...’80’s makeup for days...a yellow, pink or chartreuse smart business outfit, fabulous...dripping in rings-&-things...AND a fur coat!!!
Rumor has it on one visit, after a few margaritas, there was a row about watching Wheel of Fortune over sports and Paula lost and vowed ‘never to return!’ She never did...

Trent Harris

April 5, 2019

When Scarlet, Paula and I went to see Children of a Lesser God, I all of a sudden became nauseous because Paula was wearing the Claiborne perfume she had gotten for Christmas and had just pulled out a contraband box of fried chicken...the two scents collided into a special primo smell. Oh, Miss Paula, Miss Paula

Sreeni Chittoor

April 4, 2019

A fine and classy lady who was always cheerful and knew how to enjoy life. Paula will be greatly missed by me and my staff.
Sreeni Chittoor MD

Michelle Defour-Hill

April 4, 2019

Ms Paula was a pleasure to serve at all times. I know she has those angels laughing right now...LOL. I will miss her because she has always put a smile on my face. I have lots of memories of her, so she will never be forgotten! She lived her life to the fullest and is perfect example of using laughter as medicine...she knows how to make you laugh! Forever loved and never will be forgotten! I loved being her nurse!

Donna Franke

April 4, 2019

We loved her like our family and she loved us. She always made me laugh, no matter her pain.

Patti Schroff Barishefsky

April 4, 2019

scarlett, I don’t remember which of your birthday parties it was after, but your mom took EVERYONE out for pizza afterwards. There were so many kids! Anyway, I ended up at the same table as your mom and I remember laughing so hard!!! She was such a hoot! I had never experienced a parent to be so “cool”! I am sure you knew it growing up, but she was a cool mom.

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