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November 27, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: Rural “closeness” attracted her

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Vice president and trust officer at The Fauquier Bank, Mrs. Worley and her family moved here in 2004.
I like being close to a more populated area, Warrenton, where doctors are close by. My parents, who live in Kansas, have to drive about an hour and half away for any special doctor appointments. I also love the closeness of the people in the community.
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Wendy Worley, vice president and trust officer at The Fauquier Bank, enjoys helping people manage their money.

Working for several banks since attending Southwestern College in Kansas, Mrs. Woley began as a teller and worked her way up to the trust management position.

A mother of two elementary-age school children, she has immersed herself in the community with groups such as Fauquier Women and the Warrenton Chorale.

Raised in rural Kansas, she feels at home here.

“We didn’t want to move to a larger community; I like the small, closeness of this county,” she explains.

• Age

• Home

• Work
Vice president and trust officer at The Fauquier Bank since 2001. Works in the Wealth Management Services department.

I focus mainly on estate settlements and trust administration.

• Why you do the job?

I fell into banking in college. I’ve always worked for a bank since I graduated . . . . I started as a bank teller and moved into trust fund work in 1996.

• Family
Husband, Leroy; two children, Evan, 11, and Brenn, 8.

• Education
Bachelor of arts degree in music, with a vocal focus, from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, 1994. Certified trust and financial advisor.

• Civic and/or church involvement
On the board of directors for Fauquier Women. Attends The Bridge Community Church in Warrenton. Member of the Warrenton Chorale, Soprano I. This is my first year. I’m very excited about it.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 2004, nine years.

• Why do you live here?
We lived in Fredericksburg before and I wanted to live in the same county I worked in, so my children could go to school here. We moved here when I started working at The Fauquier Bank. We didn’t want to move to a larger community. I like the small, closeness of this county. I guess it comes from my upbringing in a small farming town in Hugoton, Kansas.

• How do you describe this county?
It is full of open areas and rural parts. I like being close to a more populated area, Warrenton, where doctors are close by. My parents, who live in Kansas, have to drive about an hour and half away for any special doctor appointments. I also love the closeness of the people in the community.

• What would you change about Fauquier?

I don’t think I would change anything. I have mixed feelings about the county bringing in more industry. We are close enough to other cities that we can travel there. People move out here to raise their families and live here, but the county isn’t allowing more industry for tax revenue. I think this puts more stress on the school system and the schools need more help from the county.

• What do you do for fun?

I like to relax at home — read, do things with my kids. I like to be involved with all of my children’s activities; they take music lessons. I love to sing.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I really like Great Meadow. When we lived in southwestern Virginia, we would always travel up here and visit Great Meadow to help my husband’s coaching friend with cross-country. I love to see the beautiful terrain and mountains. Of course, we go to Gold Cup there, too. I like (the International) Gold Cup in the fall.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

I think they have a lot of people who want to keep it as rural as possible and the land easements we have helped, but I think expansion is part of this area. In order for us to be competitive in a lot of areas, especially education, there are changes that will need to be made, but I think people are going to fight about it.

• Favorite TV show?

“Law & Order” is always fun to watch. I don’t really get into the new shows. If I’m going to watch something, it is going to be a re-run.

• Favorite Movie?
“Anne of Green Gables” from 1985.

• Favorite book?
I have recently gotten into dystopian fiction, like the “Hunger Games” or “The Birthmark.” I like post-apocalyptic and science fiction books. They make you think about how the world could be.

• Favorite vacation spot?
If we go on vacation, we visit my family in Kansas. We are not really travelers. I would love to visit Ireland or Canada one day.

• Favorite food?

I love authentic Mexican food—especially El Agave in Warrenton.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Well there is no specific advice I can think of, but my parents always impressed on me to get a good education. They both have master’s degrees. Education is very important to them.

• Who’s your hero and why?
I admire my parents who have been married for 45 years. They are my role models and taught me the value of family and marriage. My dad is retired but still working. He taught me to have a good work ethic.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would become debt-free and make sure my family is taken care of down the road.

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