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Woman of Wilson: Christen Rabe

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With ancestry on her mother, Bonnie Hobbs Tressler's side that dates back to the 1800s, it is safe to say that Christen Rabe is a born and raised Woman of Wilson.

Rabe is a graduate of Friendship Christian School and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

She is, currently, the Mortgage Origination Officer at First Freedom Bank in Lebanon, a position she has held for over two years.

"There are many aspects of my job that I find rewarding. Not only do I have a great appreciation of my coworkers, but I also have the opportunity to help people make informed decisions in the process of originating a home mortgage to purchase or refinance," she explained. "I enjoy showing the benefits to refinancing, which could mean saving money to put towards school tuition, retirement or, finally, checking off some of those items on their bucket list. In addition, I get to witness the expression of excitement from first-time homebuyers. Furthermore, meeting someone who is new to the area and then watching them fall in love with our community and the people in it."

Rabe is very active at her church, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon. It was through church that she met her husband, William Sean Rabe. The couple married on April 11, 2015.

"Sean's family moved to Tennessee from Indiana when he was about 10," Rabe began. "We met at church, but did not form a friendship until after I graduated from college and became the youth group director at our parish. I was planning my first youth retreat and needed another male chaperone. Sean came highly recommended by parents of students who had him as their teacher in the high school Sunday school class."

Sean ended up chaperoning the retreat and afterwards, the pair celebrated their success at Los Compadres.

"After that, we found ourselves looking for every opportunity to be together whether it was youth group activities, Sonic runs, dinners, movies or concerts," she added.

The couple loves to attend concerts in their spare time. Rabe said they have seen Def Leppard, Poison, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Billy Joe, Guns n Roses, Eagles, and the Rolling Stones perform live.

Her other hobbies include cheering on the Tennessee Vols.

"I am a huge UTK footfall fan and try to make an appearance in Neyland Stadium often, but if I can't make it, you can find me in front of the TV focused on every play and player every Saturday in the fall," Rabe said.

She also enjoys being the Youth Group Director at St. Frances Cabrini, where she encourages young people to get involved in community projects and fundraisers like Sherry's Run, Brooks House and the Becky Dewaal Shoe Drive.

Rabe had trouble narrowing down just one woman she admired. Instead, she said she has been blessed to know many strong and courageous women. She named her mother, Bonnie Tressler and grandmothers, Granny Hobbs and Grandma Tressler with molding her into the woman she is today.

"My mother loves her family and enjoys her Real Estate profession. She was always present at my school and church events. As adults, I feel she is my best friend and mentor," Rabe said. "I feel certain that she falls under the category of Wonder Woman."

Rabe went on to explain the impact of her maternal and paternal grandmothers. "My Granny Hobbs is a woman of Faith that amazes me with her sharp wit and memory. We share a love of movies and books and could talk for hours," she said.

"My Grandma Tressler is my sports and cooking partner. The phrase 'grandma's cooking' was based on my grandma Tressler. My friends in college shared in the regular shoebox of cookies, rice crispy treats and brownies while having in-depth conversations about Vols Football. While living in Franklin, she, rarely, missed activities I was involved in."

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