The Ottumwa Courier

Food

September 22, 2006

Bowersox serving up the food at Bloomfield Senior Center

BLOOMFIELD — Sherlyn Bowersox, better known as Sher, loves to cook and to feed people. She gets to do both as cook at the Bloomfield Senior Center, a job she has enjoyed for the past 18 months or so.

Relatively new to the community, she came to Bloomfield from Galesburg, Ill., when she married Ira Bowersox. A bubbly energetic lady, she was soon looking for a job.

“I applied at a lot of places, and had about given up finding a job when the Senior Center called asking did I still want the job,” Bowersox said. “I said yes! They (people who come regularly) are my family now.”

It’s a family she enthusiastically joins for afternoon card games, helps to entertain with Karaoke or by playing the organ for sing alongs or helps with the annual bake sale fund raiser.

“I have been cooking since I was six years old,” she said. “My grandma taught me,” beginning with scrambled eggs and French toast. “I have always liked to cook.”

That’s a good thing. The oldest girl in her family, she “had to cook for my brothers and sister because my mother worked,” she said. Her siblings include three older brothers, a younger sister and brother.

“I like to feed people as long as there is food in the house,” she said as she deftly slid a dish of Cherry Gobble-up into the oven. That was easy to believe. Within minutes of arriving for this interview I, along with her husband, were chowing down on fresh from the oven zucchini bread and coffee.

“You can always add some green beans [to the menu] or put more potatoes in the pot. Doesn’t hurt if there are three or four different vegetables” in a meal to help stretch it; a trick she must have learned from Grandma.

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