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September 17, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: ICU staffer values “trust”

“It’s a beautiful place,” Carol Jones says of Fauquier County. “It’s a place that if you want to blossom, you can.”
We are here to help (patients) out if we can. The housekeepers come in and patients need to talk. If I’m the one to help them feel happy and forget about the pain, then why not? It’s confidential and makes you feel special that they can talk to us and trust us even though they don’t know us. You can learn a lot at this hospital about how to take care of yourself and others. I really enjoy working here.
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Her sweet demeanor helps make patients feel at ease in the local hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Carol Jones puts others before herself, serving with a bright personality at Fauquier Health. As an environmental services associate for 16 years, Ms. Jones cleans patient rooms and helps them however she can.

“If I’m the one to help them feel happy and forget about the pain, then why not? It’s confidential and makes you feel special that they can talk to us and trust us even though they don’t know us,” she said.

Originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ms. Jones moved to America in 1981.

Optimistic about Fauquier County’s future, she says, “It’s a beautiful place. It’s a place that if you want to blossom, you can.”

• Age
45

• Home
Warrenton

• Work

Environmental services associate for 16 years at Fauquier Health. Works in the Intensive Care Unit, cleaning rooms and taking care of patients.

I was planning on staying one year and then doing something else, but I fell in love (with the job.)

Certified Zumba instruction at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center.

• Why do you do the job?
We are here to help (patients) out if we can. The housekeepers come in and patients need to talk. If I’m the one to help them feel happy and forget about the pain, then why not? It’s confidential and makes you feel special that they can talk to us and trust us even though they don’t know us. You can learn a lot at this hospital about how to take care of yourself and others. I really enjoy working here.

• Family
Two daughters, Stephanie and Tiffany Darden.

• Education
Studied for a year as a baker’s assistant at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville.

I’m originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. I’ve been in America since 1981.

Graduated from high school in St. Croix.

• Civic involvement
Volunteer at the Fauquier Food Bank and volunteer at Fauquier Health to keep patients company.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1991. 20 years.

• Why do you live here?
It’s quiet and I have a family here. I like the atmosphere and how they take care of each other.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s a beautiful place. It’s a place that if you want to blossom, you can.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I think we need to have more stuff for young children and more job training for older people so they can learn more.

• What do you do for fun?
I love to dance — Zumba, belly dancing. I play basketball with my daughter.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I don’t really have one. I’m a laid-back person.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Busy. As long as we have entertainment for young children, it will blossom. It will get better.

• Favorite TV show?
Cartoons, old Westerns and “I Love Lucy.”

• Favorite movie?
I don’t really have one.

• Favorite book?
I don’t have one, but I like to do crossword puzzles in magazines.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Saint Martin, where there are beaches all around.

• Favorite food?
I try everything before I say I like it or not. I like Caribbean food and eat a lot of curried rice.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Be yourself. Treat people like you want to be treated. Respect each other and be kind to one another. Al Campbell, who is no longer on this Earth, who was the former head of security at Fauquier Health, told me that.

• Who’s your hero and why?
God, because He is the only one who can guide us, because heroes make mistakes.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
From growing up, I had a hard life and the Bible always says to share. I would build something for people, a shelter for kids who are struggling, anyone who needs help. I would give them something. Then I would go on a long vacation.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.


• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.


• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.


• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”


• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.


• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.


• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.


• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.


• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.


• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.


• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people


• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.


• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.


• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.


• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• 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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