Cooking up adult foster care in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The front door is purple for a reason. After all, purple was Mavis Wellin’s favorite color. This particular front door is at the new Apple Blossom Manor, an adult foster home at 289 Apple Blossom Avenue N in Keizer. The home is operated by Sharon Cook, who is having an open house on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.Sharon had a deep connection with Wellin. “The last two or three years I’ve been wanting to do this,” Sharon said while sitting next to husband Randy, who renovated and remodeled the house into a building with room for five senior residents. “Mavis Wellin was my inspiration. She was my best friend’s mom. (Her children) asked me to take care of her when she fell and broke her arm. I had never taken care of anyone besides family. She was wonderful. We had so much fun together. I got her back to eating. Pretty soon I had her working and exercising, getting up and going. Her mind was still there. “I loved her,” Sharon added. “That’s when I went, ‘This is my calling.’ I loved her as much as my own mom. I asked her once what her favorite color was and it was purple, so the front door is purple.” When the Cooks took over the circa-1960 home last summer, Randy went to work....

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