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August 28, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: She sees the community’s generosity

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Nancy Brooke volunteered at the Salvation Army Family Store in Warrenton before she became its assistant manager.
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Staff Journalist
Nancy Brooke has a heart for helping local people in need. In 2006, Mrs. Brooke started volunteering at the Salvation Army Family Store in Old Town Warrenton, where she works as the assistant manager.

While living in West Virginia for a few months after her first husband passed away, she occasionally drove four hours one way to work at the store. She eventually met her second husband while volunteering.

Her job includes sorting and pricing daily donations, greeting customers, answering the phone and running the store in the manager’s absence.

“Our Salvation Army store is different from others, because we sort, price and sell everything here,” Mrs. Brooke said. “We get about 50 people’s donations a day, and they could each have five boxes each.”

• Age


• Home

Old Town Warrenton

• Work

Assistant manager at the Salvation Army Family Store at 62 Waterloo St. in Warrenton. “Before that, I owned the Corner Store at the Old Tavern in The Plains for 20 years.”

• Why you do the job?

Because I believe in the mission of the Salvation Army and I enjoy helping people.

• Family

Husband, Richard Brooke; adult son, Edward Eade, and stepson, Ted Brooke.

• Education

Went to high school in West Virginia.

• Civic and/or church involvement

Volunteer at the Salvation Army Family Store before being employed there. Member of Grace Bible Church in Marshall.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?

28 years.

• Why do you live here?

I like the people, the beauty of the rural area, the farms. It is close enough to Washington, D.C., that you can go there, but far enough out that you don’t have to deal with the people.

• How do you describe this county?

The countryside is beautiful; politics are conservative. The people are friendly and generous from what I see when they donate.

• What would you change about Fauquier?

That no one would know we were here and migrate, like people from Northern Virginia.

• What do you do for fun?

Go to church, read and go for long walks with my husband.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

Panera Bread. I also like bell ringing for the Salvation Army outside Giant during Christmas.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

More and more people will move out here. There will be more things for kids to do.

• Favorite TV show?


• Favorite Movie?

“Arsenic and Old Lace” with Cary Grant.

• Favorite book?

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

• Favorite vacation spot?

Dallas, Texas

• Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Butter Brickle. it has caramel chips in vanilla ice cream.

• Who’s your hero and why?

I would have to say my husband, because he is generous to a lot of causes, both monetarily and with his time.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

There’s not a lot I want that I don’t already have, so I would probably take a long vacation and share it with needy people. I would put some of it in the bank or get a new car.

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Do you know someone who lives in Fauquier County you would like to see in Faces of Fauquier? E-mail Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Editor Lou Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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