A walk-thru viewing on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 5pm-7pm at Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary. Graveside Service will be Private.
KIM DIANE ALEXANDER-MANSON was born beautiful. Barely five feet tall, hair flowing to her waist, she em-bodied star quality; unbound charisma; a genuineness, sassiness and flair; strong-willed but tolerant. She might tell you off one minute then give you a hug the next. She is our family’s light, a fervent example of a life lived without limits or judgment.
People gravitated toward Kim. At eight years old, she was summoned from a crowd of hundreds of children in Nickerson Gardens to shake the hand of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his visit to this South-Central Los Angeles community. By age ten, decked out in a white mini dress and go-go boots, she’d be invited on stage to dance with Diana Ross at a Motown Revue concert. And later, the Hollywood movie star, Debbie Reynolds, would brush Kim’s hair at a movie location where select St. Jude’s students were cast to participate in a made-for-TV movie.
Kim’s calling probably was to sing. Possessing the powerhouse vocals of any R&B songbird. In her late teens and 20s, she used her skills alongside a few local San Diego bands, and was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church choir with her mother. At every holiday function she’d unabashedly belt out her favorite tune, Aretha Franklin’s Doctor Feel Good, to the amusement and satisfaction of all of us who loved her.
Born December 19, 1957 to Adeline Collier and Lorraine Alexander, Kim would rule the roost while her mother was ever busy working to pay for the Siena Street home they found together when she was just twelve years old. Kim served as confidante and protector to her younger brother, Berry Andrew Alexander who preceded her in death, and sisters, Leslie Ann Pounds and Sonja Monique Taylor-Banks. She also played the big sister role to her brothers-in-law, David Pounds, who was called home to Christ in 2020, and Adrian Banks. She taught David to drive a stick and gave Adrian his first plate of her signature Shrimp Fried Rice that we all requested every holiday meal.
Kim was a talented soul. A Renaissance woman with varied professional experiences. She honed her secretarial skills at Kelsey Jenney Business College to later manage the administrative end at Eldorado Sandblasting Company and Stanley Kaplan Test Prep.
All in all, Kim found her greatest sense of accomplishment in motherhood. She adored her two dreams, Jasmyn Martinique Baker (her Jazzy Wazzy) and James Mitchell
Manson (her Buddha). Those two meant everything to her. Kim was fond of joking, “I’m not having anymore kids. God don’t make any other kind. He gave me the best of
each. I’m done.” While her children meant the world to her, being a grandma, “Nana,”
as her tribe affectionately called her, brought her joy personified. Charles, Ley’la, Steven, Jastyn, James Carlos, and Dylan each possess a precious piece of their Nana Kim that will keep her spark glowing throughout this life. She also was loved by a host of nieces and nephews who couldn’t get enough of their crazy, cool Auntie Kim.
Kim believed firmly in the higher power of God. She relished the fact that we will all meet again in our next eternal lifetime with our Heavenly Father. In life she tolerated no tears or sadness and suffered no fools. She would want her memory honored by her loved ones with each one of them pursuing a zest for life and simply being together and loving one another in unity and grace.
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