My Name is Paula Simone White

ChrysanthemumMy Name is Paula Simone White

“It is necessary to try to pass one’s self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.”

Queen Christina of Sweden

There’s been some confusion about me and my name with Paula White Ministries, so I felt the need to explain myself.

Literally.

First Name: Paula

When my mother was seven months pregnant with me, my maternal grandmother and maternal great grandmother sent my mother in Chicago a package which contained a letter with the name Paula and a single Irish chain baby quilt that they both created together from Marvel, Arkansas. I was the first grandchild out of twenty seven grandchildren on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family, so they were very excited to name me, even though they didn’t know my gender at the time. So my name, my gender and my destiny as a textile artist had been preordained.

 

Middle Name: Simone

My father had just came back home from the Vietnam War. While he was in Chicago, he fell in love with jazz music, most especially with the sounds of jazz singer Nina Simone. He had the honor of giving me the middle name Simone.

Last Name: White

To my knowledge, I am not any relation to Paula White, the television evangelist minister in Florida, though I am frequently mistaken for her. I am not quite sure of why.