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story.lead_photo.caption Angela Hawkins grew up in Callaway County. After spending a few years in Iowa, she moved back to the area. Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column serves as a spotlight, highlighting the everyday people who work and live in Callaway County. The Fulton Sun takes a moment with someone who is not usually featured in the news, but is just as instrumental in making our community the strong and beautiful place we all know and love.

Angela Hawkins is 41 years old. She spent her early years in Callaway County, but moved to Des Moines, Iowa, when she was a teenager. There, she became a certified nursing assistant. In 1999, she moved back to Missouri and has been working and living in the Fulton area ever since.

Q. What was your first job?

A. My first job was in-home health care, actually working as direct care support staff.

Q. Who inspires you (living or dead)?

A. I'll just say my mother. She inspires me to have strength and have faith, and live every day on a positive note, focus on today. Be productive. You know, to have a plan for your life.

Q. What have you done in life that was most fulfilling?

A. I'm proud that I have been able to work as a direct care staff. I'm proud that I have been able to work with people with disabilities, people with aging issues. I'm glad that I have been able to help those that have needed help. Yeah, so it's kind of my calling.

Q. What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

A. Business ownership — my own company, which is what I'm downtown working on.

Q. What profession would you not like to do?

A. I'm never gonna say there's any profession that I don't want to do just because I'm just doing what the Lord will have me to do, whatever that may be. So it's really up to him and his will and what he has for my life. So far it has been reaching out to, you know, home health care, working with people, aged and disabled.

Q. What is something that nobody knows about you?

A. Probably, now, that I'm seeking entrepreneurship.

Q. What is your favorite thing about Callaway County?

A. What I like most about Callaway County is a lot of us have grown up here together. And so we know each other. You usually go to the schools, and you'll run into your classmates. Or, downtown, you'll run into a friend. You know, it's a really friendly, family, home environment kind of town.

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