On Aug. 8, 1949, I joined this world in Jacksonville, Fla. I was adopted there in 1954.
My career focus while in Florida was advertising sales. I got married, and my son was born May 29, 1972; my daughter was born May 19, 1978.
In September, 1974, my husband, son and I moved to Virginia Beach to start a carpet cleaning business. By 1982, I was on my own. With my son, Jason, and daughter, Lori, I expanded the business to include several phases of home improvement.
I also started and sold a beauty shop and an indoor miniature golf business.
I am very proud of my son. He has blessed me with a granddaughter, Jordan, and a grandson, Peyton. Jason owns a painting business of his own and is a professional and an excellent painter. Lori has also made me proud; she received her Master’s degree at 23 in organizational psychology. She works with Amerigroup and has blessed me with two grand-doggies. My son has blessed me with three grand-doggies as well!
My dad was a 32nd-degree Mason and Shriner. By the age of 16, I was proud to be a Rainbow Girl. I held all the offices, including Worthy Advisor. I raised money in Jacksonville from 1969-71 for a local children’s home.
I have been a member of the Virginia Beach Jaycees for 11 years, and worked on a regional and national level. I am a Life Member and they were kind enough to recognize me with several awards. I have twice been voted into the Outstanding Young Women of America.
Just think, I am in every library in America!
I have also received an Outstanding Associate Member award from the Tidewater Builders Association. I served on the Parks and Recreation Commission in Virginia Beach for two years. In 1992, I started raising money for Hope Haven Children’s Home for the children’s birthdays. They deserve their special day to be blessed. I also work with Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Control, placing homeless animals and rescue dogs. I am also a Rotarian, recipient of Rotarian of the Year and Paul Harris awards.
I love the outdoors. Nature is a way of feeling God’s blessings. I try to live by not judging what people do or say until I understand why. Part of that may be because I am a breast cancer survivor. 2008 wasn’t great; underwent surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. In 2009, Sheila claims to be fine, and with God’s blessings will stay that way. The seagull is my logo because it represents a positive attitude.
Every customer is a blessing from God. Thank you from my entire company for being a blessing.