Gaye Landis Harris Mansfield

Date of Death: October 22, 2019

Gaye Landis Harris Mansfield, 73, of Frankfort, Kentucky, wife of Rev. J. Michael Mansfield, died Oct. 22, 2019, surrounded by her loving family following two years of declining health.

Gaye was born in Ashland, Kentucky, on July 15, 1946, to the late Jesse Woodrow Harris Sr. and Virginia Mills Harris. Before becoming a full-time mother to her beloved son, the late James M. Mansfield II, she was an administrative assistant to the Director of the University of Kentucky Radiation Therapy Department and also modeled part-time.

Gaye supported her husband from his time in sales to his career as a United Methodist minister serving churches in Ohio and Kentucky. She would serve each church depending on its community’s specific needs, with a specific gift for empathy and listening. She led dance classes, taught Sunday School, worked with youth, cooked meals, worked with crafts and distributed gifts at the holidays, especially children’s toys.

In Ohio, Gaye and Michael served Miamitown, Brookville, Arlington, and Westville- Concord charge near Urbana. In Kentucky, Raceland Herald Memorial, South Shore First, Ludlow Wesley, the Cumberland County charge (including Burkesville First & Highland Chapel), Fairdale Mount Holly, & the Dixie-Dixon charge in Henderson and Webster counties. Rev. Mansfield retired in 2004. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jesse Woodrow Harris Jr., and son, James Michael Mansfield II (Jimmy).  Besides her husband, she is survived by her granddaughter, Lyndsey Paige  Mansfield of Frankfort; brothers Danny Harris of Ashland and Emmett Adkins of  Ringgold, Georgia; sister Pam Harris Bradley of Georgetown, Kentucky; and many other loving relatives and friends. 

Her funeral was Nov. 2, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. A reception followed in the fellowship hall.