By Heather Osbourne | 315-4440 | @heatheronwfdn | [email protected]
VALPARAISO — Shelly Foster’s heart raced as she knocked twice on a hotel door in Shreveport, Louisiana.
If the door opened, it would mean Foster had completed the last task written on her life-long bucket list. A task that read: “Meet someone who looks like you.”
The 78-year-old Valparaiso woman said she always knew she was adopted.
However, it wasn’t until she saw a birth certificate in the U.S. Air Force recruitment office in New Jersey that she saw a name she didn’t recognize — Ruth Mary Anthes — and thought of searching for her biological family.
“I never knew what my birth name was until then,” Foster said. “Seeing my biological name written down, it sparked something inside of me. It was then that I began the 60-year search for my biological family.”
In the years following, Foster said wherever she …