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October 23, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: ReStore volunteer likes diversity

Cassandra Brown
After helping in the organization’s office, Nancy Mountjoy last year started volunteer in the Fauquier Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Warrenton.
My hero would have to be Dr. David Snyder, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Blue Ridge Orthopedic in Warrenton. From what I have experienced, he has a good bedside manner and is a wonderful doctor. He started Verdun Adventure Bound and has done so much for this county.
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Nancy Mountjoy donates her time as a volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Warrenton.

In a place where community donations pour in and change daily, Ms. Mountjoy doesn’t just work hard, she tries to “work smart,” advice from her father. Cleaning and pricing donations, she provides customer service at ReStore, which has been open for a year.

The 30-year resident of Fauquier lists Main Street in Warrenton and county parks among her favorite places. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and gardening.

“For a little county, it sure is diverse. There is a broad range of people who live here — from farmers to politicians,” Ms. Mountjoy said.

• Age
63

• Home
Bealeton

• Work
Retired. She has volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for one year and helps in the organization’s office. She also volunteers in the fourth grade at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, where she worked 12 years as an administrative assistant.

• Why you do the job?

I wanted to volunteer and give back to the community. I like volunteering and there are awesome people here at ReStore.

• Family
Husband, James; son, Robert, and daughter, Christy Ketchum.

• Education

Graduated from high school in Florida in 1969.

• Civic and/or church involvement

Member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton and Fauquier Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?

For 30 years, since 1983.

• Why do you live here?
We love it. It is out of the city and we have the mountains on one end and rolling hills on the other end. You can wake up and drive to any city in about 30 minutes. You can go to the big city and go shopping. You can enjoy Skyline Drive and the mountains, the country stores and famer’s markets.

• How do you describe this county?

For a little county, it sure is diverse. There is a broad range of people who live here — from farmers to politicians.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I would say, increase retail businesses. Add a Costco.

• What do you do for fun?
I love nature. I love going to state parks and county parks and we enjoy camping as a family.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Main Street in Warrenton. I love the shops and all of the festivals year-round. We love going to the Bluemont Concert Series in the summer.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
It is definitely going to change. Out in Opal on Route 17 and in Bealeton, with the new shopping center being built. The southern part of the county is going to change.

• Favorite TV show?

I love comedy shows like “The Millers” and “The Crazy Ones.” I also like “Criminal Minds.”

• Favorite movie?
“The Great Gatsby” from 2013.

• Favorite book?
“Roots” by Alex Haley.

• Favorite vacation spot?

Virginia Beach, because it has a good mix of shopping and the beach.

• Favorite food?

Seafood. All kinds, except octopus.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
“Don’t just work hard, work smart.” My dad told me that and it has always stuck with me. You should always investigate your job before you do it.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My hero would have to be Dr. David Snyder, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Blue Ridge Orthopedic in Warrenton. From what I have experienced, he has a good bedside manner and is a wonderful doctor. He started Verdun Adventure Bound and has done so much for this county.

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

I would donate money to my church and to Fauquier Hospice. Then I would invest the rest and use it as needed in the future.

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