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story.lead_photo.caption Carol Ryan operates Trends, a local resale shop where she is able to benefit and help her community. Photo by Paula Tredway / Fulton Sun.

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.

Carol Ryan moved to Fulton from St. Louis in 1976. Ryan worked in the food service industry until she went looking for a different type of job. That's when she started at Trends, a local resale shop, and now three and a half years later, she has found herself running the store while being able to benefit and give back to the community.

She has three children, four grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

Q: What was your first job?

My first job was as a waitress at a tiny truck stop.

Q: Who inspires you most?

I'm a Jesus follower, so that's what I'm about. That's why I work hard like I do, I do it under Him.

Q: What have you done in your life that has been the most fulfilling?

Really just raising the children and seeing how they've grown up; seeing them go their own ways and having their own children.

Q: What is something you are proud of that you have been recognized for?

I'd say my hard work and dedication; my dependability.

Q: If you can do any job in the world, what would it be?

I think if I could do any job I would be a chef. I'm so passionate about cooking.

Q: What is a job you wouldn't want to do?

I wouldn't want to do roofing or construction. I don't want to be outside in the heat.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Callaway County?

The people; they're close knit. Though I'm not truly a Callawegian, it hasn't been that difficult to merge in with everyone.

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