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    JULY 17, 2015, KEIZERTIMES, PAGE A3
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 oper-
ated by Sharon Cook, who is
having an open house on Sun-
day from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sharon had a deep connec-
tion with Wellin.
“The last two or three years
I’ve been wanting to do this,”
Sharon said while sitting next
to husband Randy, who reno-
vated and remodeled the house
into a building with room for
fi ve 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 exercis-
ing, 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
this house, time and money
have been spread thin. Thus,
creativity and thrift shopping
was utilized for some of the
furniture.
“Sharon brought a lot of
stuff from our house and also
bought a lot from Goodwill
and Craigslist,” Randy said.
“For example, we found this
big ottoman (in the living
room) that matches this old
couch we had.”
A recliner – Randy’s favor-
ite place in the house – was $30
at Goodwill, while two other
chairs were a combined $60.
“It’s been really fun for me,”
said Sharon, who worked at
the Keizer Bob’s Hamburgers
for 21 years and met Randy
while there. “I have a fl air for
decorating, but I had to do it
on a shoestring budget. It was
just so neat, the things that
happened throughout the pro-
cess.”
Potential clients can call
971-273-7188.
“I’m so excited about this
house, I can hardly stand it,”
Sharon said.
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Sharon Cook stands at the entry to the home she’s opened for adult foster care.
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 sum-
mer, Randy went to work.
Hallways were widened by a
foot and painted, with new
fl ooring throughout. Each of
the fi ve rooms for residents
has a half-bathroom. The 1,000
square foot addition includes
tenth annual
Knights of Columbus
Car Show
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a living room, a shower room
and a laundry room that also
serves as a kitchenette. All told,
the house now has two furnac-
es, two hot water heaters, two
laundry rooms and air condi-
tioning. Randy still has plans to
build a 14’ by 16’ deck that will
lead to a garden area. Hall lights
come on automatically includ-
ing LED lights under the rails,
while each closet has switch-
operated lights.
In addition to the fi ve resi-
dent rooms, there is also a care
room for employees. Initially
that will be one employee. Sha-
ron will be at the house 24/7.
“I’m excited to do this,”
Sharon said. “I want it to be top
of the line.”
Sharon’s fi rst client, a
103-year-old man who used
to live two houses down on
the opposite side of the street,
moved in Wednesday. By state
requirements the Cooks are re-
quired to supply furniture for
each room, but families can
bring in their own furniture if
desired.
“They can decorate the
walls anyway they want, or I
can do it for them,” said Sha-
ron, who added that each room
has wi-fi internet and TV. “I’ve
had more fun putting this
house together. So many things
just worked out. It was amaz-
ing. This was God sent.”
Among the things that came
together for the project: a high
school classmate of Sharon’s
heard what she was doing and
made afghans for each of the
rooms.
“It’s amazing to me. I’m
blown away by all of the sup-
port. It’s incredible,” she said.
Rooms cost $3,400 a month
which includes meals. The larg-
est room, in the back of the
house, cost $5,000 a month
since it’s big enough to in-
clude a second bed for couples
that don’t want to be sepa-
rated. There are eight cameras
throughout the house, though
not in the bedrooms to ensure
privacy. Randy plans to even-
tually convert part of the ga-
rage into an offi ce.
Between Randy’s regular
construction work, his time as
a construction captain for the
Big Toy project and updating
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Neville James Grieve
July
17, 1921 – June 25, 2015
Neville James Grieve was
a 1940 graduate of Vancouver
Technical School. At the age
of 93 he went home to heav-
en on June 25 in Salem to be
with his Savior.
He was born July 1921 in
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan,
Canada to Robert and De-
veren Grieve. His father went
home to heaven when he was
14, so he became the man of
the house. In addition to go-
ing to school, he got a delivery
job on his bike and supported
his mother and two sisters un-
til in 1949 he married Emilie,
whom he met while dancing
on roller skates.
He worked in a coffee
roasting plant for many years
and also drove taxi for an ex-
tra side job. After being laid
off, he moved his family to the
U.S. He settled in Salem and
got a job at JC Penney where
he was head of custodial and
maintenance for 30 years. He
also often helped avoid service
calls by keeping the air condi-
tioning running.
He played a lot of cribbage,
so much he could look at a
hand and not have to count
it, he knew by looking at the
cards how many points were
in the hand. He was a member
of the Web Foot travel group
when he got into his fi rst pair
of rollerblades at the age of 72.
He did a lot of roller skating
and rollerblading till the Skate
Palace closed down and there
were no rinks around the Sa-
lem area.
He was an avid dancer with
Emilie. They square danced
and
round
danced.
Af-
ter she went
home to heav-
en he contin-
ued to go to
round dance
classes
and
N. Grieve
was an “angel”
to those who
wanted to learn but didn’t have
a partner. In addition, he start-
ed dancing at the Salem Senior
Center, which later moved to
Keizer. He would dance tire-
lessly the whole time, giving
avid opportunity for three
women to dance who might
not have danced much other-
wise. He is now dancing with
Emilie again, in Heaven.
He is survived by three
children and their spouses, Ken
and Dagmar, Mike, Kathy and
Dale, 11 grandchildren and 14
great-grandchildren.
He was preceded by his
wife of 44 years Emilie, his
two sisters, one brother and
one great-great grandchild.
Donations may be gi ven to
the Keizer Senior Center.
There will be a celebra-
tion of life service on Friday,
July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at
the Keizer Senior Center, 930
Plymouth Drive NE. Assisting
the family is Virgil T. Golden
Funeral Service.
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