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February 2, 2014

Vincent retires from banking after 40 years

ORANGE — After more than 40 years in the banking industry, Nancy Vincent has decided to call it a career.

A special retirement celebration was held during the day this past Monday for Vincent at First Financial Bank on 16th Street in Orange. The event was attended by dozens of friends, co-workers, community leaders and business-owners with whom Vincent has built long-lasting relationships.

“It was such a great day,” Vincent said. “I had so much fun, and I was able to see so many people that I know and have worked with through the years. It was really special to me.”

Vincent, a native of Nebraska, started her career in banking right after graduating high school as a family-member helped her get her foot in the door.

She moved to Southeast Texas a short time later and found a job working as a teller at Orange Savings and Loan in August 1973, when the financial institution was still located at the corner of Seventh Street and Front Street, or what is now the backside corner of the Lutcher Theater of the Performing Arts.

“I’m the last of an era, I guess you could say,” Vincent explained. “I’m the last employee left which was still working for the bank that was hired while we were in downtown.”

Orange Savings and Loan relocated to its present location on 16th Street in Orange on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1977. Through the years, including name changes to Orange Savings Bank and its current identity as First Financial Bank, Vincent has worked as a teller, with new accounts, in the escrow department, front desk, new accounts supervisor, marketing and, her most recent position, Senior Vice-President of Marketing.

Stephen Lee, president of First Financial Bank in Orange, said Vincent played a key role with the bank and the community for many years.

“Nancy was the face of our bank for 40 years, and what she loved most was the people,” Lee said. “Being a part of this community was important to her, and that was evident at her party with the number of people who came in to wish her well. I will miss her, personally as well as professionally. She made the bank a better place to be.”

Vincent had a goal in mind of retiring and she found it important, for personal reasons, to adhere to her plan and make the most of life.

“I set my goal to retire at the age of 62,” Vincent added. “And I made it. I want to be able to do things while I am still able and I want to be able to enjoy my time being retired. If you have a ‘bucket list’ of things you want to do, like I do, then you need to have time to be able to do that.”

Vincent hopes to travel, especially to visit her mother who still resides in Nebraska, but she has other plans as well.

“I have a lot of home projects which will keep me busy, but I like to do things like embroidery, sewing, and stained glass,” she said. “My goal was never to work forever. I can do whatever I want now, and it’s going to be nice.”

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