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Country Girl Paula Dean Goes Uptown and Returns to her Missouri Roots

Yes my birth name is Paula Dean.  I was going to be a Jr in my Father's eyes.  So he was surprised and a little disappointed when his first born was a girl. 

My Father was Paul Vernon Little and my Mother's Sister, my Aunt, was Reva Dean Broyles so that is how Paula Dean Little was created.  Being from very rural northern Kahoka, Missouri the middle name was always used with your first name.  Not just when a parent was mad with you, but everyday life.  When this country girl grew up I decided I really didn't want to milk 8 cows by hand every morning and evening and was tired of the rural life.  Riding a tractor and manure spreader to get to the main road so I could go to school was not fun in the winter time when the snow and ice was piled up.  Paula Dean wanted to go uptown and live.  So the hour I graduated from Clark Country RI High School, class of 113, I left with my Aunt Reva and went to her home in St. Louis, MO.  Now I was uptown. 

Loved St Louis, attended Missouri Baptist College for 1 1/2 years, got married, had a daughter and was divorced in less than 3 years.  So as a single Mom, I ended up working lots of hours and raised my daughter by myself. 

Uptown was still calling me, Paula Dean where are you, but this time it was to go West.  John Denver playing Rocky Mountain High, Mamas and Papas with California Dreamin and I moved to Las Vegas, NV.  Las Vegas at that time was small and you knew everyone.  Loved it.  Ran cocktails, was a bartender in several places, owned and operated 2 Hair Salons and had a great life with my daughter.  There were up and downs but most good.  Still at this time I hadn't been married 3 years out of my whole life.  Married my husband Patrick Wood, but you can call him Woody almost 14 years ago.  We had a great life.  When 9/11 hit Las Vegas did change in a major way and still hasn't recovered.  Woody had been in the Car business with GM as a manager in Dealerships for over 30 years.  Well we all know what happened there.  So hubby decided he wanted to move from Las Vegas, I really wasn't keen on this and had several arguments with God, seems like me, Paula Dean lost that one.  So I sent out over 1000 resumes for Woody to many states and lots of Car Dealerships.  Missouri was the only state we got an answer from.  I didn't want to move back to Missouri.  So it really came down to loving huband or divorce, which I didn't want to do.  We moved to Missouri in 2004.  My family in Missouri was like the Hatfields and McCoys when I was growing up.  We weren't allowed to talk to my Father's relatives at all.  So to make a long story short, Woody and I moved to Missouri, ended up in Missouri Amish Country 35 miles east of Springfield.  Trust me this is rural.  Found out what part of the family feud was,  two of my first cousins are actually my half brothers.  Now I am connected with family again and God always does have a reason when He wins and you listen.

More on all of this on a later blog.  Fill in spaces and update.

So being in the middle of nowhere, I do enjoy selling on Addoway.  I can shop the country side and surrounding states for wonderful primitive, country, shabby and vintage treasures. 

Hope this clears up the Paula Dean part.  This is my birth name not my married divorced name and I only use my original spelling of Paula Dean.  So I say I am the Original Paula Dean or at least in my eyes and life. 

Hope you enjoy and this made you laugh at least a little.

With a heavy heart, I am sorry to add this to my blog.  My wonderful husband, Patrick, passed away on October 15, 2011.  Now he is in Heaven.  It was a long hard struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Blessings from Missouri Amish Country.
Paula Dean Little Wood
Addoway Storefront
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twysp2 | July 27th 2011 at 1311785433

Loved your sharing and reading this Paula Dean! Looking forward to more blogs from YOU!
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Paws4Critters Pet Stuff | July 27th 2011 at 1311786336

Great story! Personally, he wouldn't have had to ask me twice to move from Las Vegas to rural Missouri. I was raised on SAC military bases and love the isolation. I've lived in 3 big cities Providence, RI, not by my choice; Converse, TX, which was being and is now swallowed by San Antonio; and Garland which has the same problem as Converse only it's part of Dallas. After 6 yrs in Converse, 9 yrs in Providence and 1 yr in Garland, I am out in rural north Texas. I love rural life!
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Woodyswag Recycle 4 U | July 27th 2011 at 1311786672

I love it now also. Just took a while to get use to again♥
Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | July 27th 2011 at 1311787248

Bring on some more of these blogs. Loved it Paula! Learning more about you everyday. Thank you for sharing this with all of us and thank you for being an Addoway loyal supporter. :)
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Woodyswag Recycle 4 U | July 27th 2011 at 1311787853

Thank you Fred♥You are welcome!You know I love Addoway and Team Addoway. :)
Tuckerstuff | July 27th 2011 at 1311789189

I grew up on a tobacco farm on the East Coast in the state of Maryland, so I know what rural is, or I thought I did, until I moved to my current location here in Hawaii. This area where I am is like the last of the true Pioneers, man. My hat's off to anyone who raises children on their own, and I enjoyed reading about it. Thanks for sharing.
beachcats_bargains | July 27th 2011 at 1311790583

Great share! I love Vegas too! Sounds like you've had an interesting life so far... It's nice to "know" an original Paula Dean! :)
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Wild Rags Place | July 27th 2011 at 1311821638

Laughing! I am still called LORI LYNN by so many of my family! I love rural life. I too left it when I was old enough but came right back later. And am raising my family here. I smile when I hear then saying they are going far away when they get old enough, those words spoken by every generation! I always respond, well, before you leave, make sure to mark on the land map what piece you really love so it will be your spot when you return. :)
Ayuni Gifts of the World
Ayuni Gifts of the World | July 27th 2011 at 1311831484

Nice to know more about you Paula Dean -- seems like you left Las Vegas just as I was arriving!! I ended up coming to live here right after 9/11 - just when you moved away.
Linda Jordan
Linda Jordan | July 28th 2011 at 1311853943

I love it Paula Dean! You're right about the 2-part names...hadn't thot about that for a long time. Used to get called by both myself. Next time we're traveling thru that part of the world I will have to stop by & meet you (we visist my inlaws in CO and meander there).
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | July 28th 2011 at 1311857694

Great blog, Paula Dean! I also grew up rural - Northern NY. The part that's closer to Montreal than any US city! Lots of time to just think back then! Thanks for sharing!
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Woodyswag Recycle 4 U | July 28th 2011 at 1311860518

Thanks for all the sharing. Getting back to your Roots is important♥ Glad that Addoway has a lot of rural members. It does bring back great memories from our past.
Pacesetter | July 28th 2011 at 1311861619

A wonderful read about a lovely lady's life-So Far ;) ♥ Thank you for the warm feelings this morn -God bless you n Woody
buyzjewelry | July 28th 2011 at 1311869158

Nice blog, my Mom was born in Kansas City Mo.
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JoyceB | July 28th 2011 at 1311905292

Loved the story, Paula Dean, and can relate to a lot of it. I also like St. Louise and particularly St.Charles. My son/wife lived there a lot of years and we used to go several times a year (from central Kansas).
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Woodyswag Recycle 4 U | August 7th 2011 at 1312732591

Missouri is an Awesome State.
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Stephen Gould | July 13th 2012 at 1342199911

Paula, I loved reading about your life. I am so glad that Amish country got Paula Dean.
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Woodyswag Recycle 4 U | August 20th 2012 at 1345475847

You are such a wonderful person Stephen. Thank you so much.

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