A dedicated volunteer for over 20 years, Sheila believes as Henry David Thoreau penned, "…no one is born into this world to do everything, but to do something." Volunteering has always been her something!
She is the recipient of the prestigious Mary Frances Hansen Community Service award presented at the 2013 Ms. Texas Senior America pageant for devoting over 1,100 volunteer hours during a twelve (12) month period. Her favorite charities include Bonham Veteran's Hospital (1996 - present), Child Protective Services (1998 - present), Denton and Lewisville Humane Societies and the Texas Cameo Club (2010 - present).
Her other love is quilting. She enjoys making quilts for family members, foster children, senior citizens and animals in local shelters. As Booker T. Washington said, " If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Quilting not only lifts her spirits, but those of the quilt recipients.
In support of the Ms. Texas Senior America pageant, she performs with the Cameo Club entertaining senior organizations and senior retirement communities throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. She serves as the club secretary.
Sheila is a proud native Texan born in Dallas. She grew up in the country riding horses, fishing, and exploring the woods. Her first exposure to pageants was in 1986, at the age of 46, when she discovered that there was an entire industry catering to adult pageantry. That year she competed in the Mrs. Texas America pageant and was surprised and honored to be selected as a semifinalist.
Sheila currently serves on the board of The Spectacular Senior Follies, an annual musical Variety Show that showcases performers age 55 and better. She auditioned for, and has been cast as a dancer and showgirl in the previous two shows.
She has been married to Michael for 34 years and they have three children, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Sheila is retired from Electronic Data Systems in Plano where she spent 27 1/2 years as a magician, clairvoyant and juggler, a.k.a. Executive Assistant.
Jill Beam is a native Texan. She grew up in Oak Cliff and graduated from DW Carter HS. After graduating high school, Jill attended Dallas Baptist College, majoring in Physical Education and Recreation.
Jill began employment with the City of Dallas in 1972. She has held many positions and has recently retired after 28 years of service as the Athletic and Reservations Manager.
Jill has rewired herself and is currently employed with the City of Rowlett, as the programmer of Senior Services.
Jill is a certified Jazzercise Instructor and has been instructing classes since 1980. She was the trainer for Jazzercise 1997 through 2008. Jill also teaches Junior Jazzercise to children, K-5, four times a week.
Jill taps weekly with Class Act Tap Company. They are well known for taping all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Jill does public speaking and enjoys playing her flute in the Mesquite Symphonic Band. She also enjoys playing golf with her husband. Jill resides in Forney, TX and is married to Ken Beam, who also recently retired from the City of Dallas Park Department. She has two step children and three step grandchildren.
Jill also enjoys teaching Sunday School to kindergartners at First Baptist Church of Forney.
Jill has performed in the Spectacular Senior Follies for the past five years, where she was in the dance ensemble and a Follies Show Girl. Jill is the reigning Ms Texas Senior America, 2015-2016. Jill was the director of the Ms Texas Senior America Pageant from 2012-2014. She couldn’t wait until she turned 60 years young so she could compete. She went to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to compete in Ms Senior America, where she made it to the top 10.
Jill enjoys performing and her philosophy of life is…”life has no remote so get up and change it”!
Sandy is from Dallas, TX, and is a very active member in the community. She is married to Dewey McCravy, has 2 children and 6 grandchildren!!
Sandy wowed the stage at MTSA with her combination tap and singing rendition of "I Can't Do It Alone." She keeps up her stamina with tap dancing, athletics with lifting weights and physical fitness, and is an active member of the Dallas Tap Dazzlers - a 21 year non profit organization that perfoms for women's clubs and retirement centers. She keeps her mind sharp with puzzles!!
Her compassion for others comes from her experience as an R.N. in pediatric surgery and message therapy. She has helped the needy by participating in Food Box deliveries in Farmers Branch for Carrollton Metroplex, and taken a mission trip to Costa Rica. She has also volunteered for numerous events and outreach programs through her church, "Christ United Methodist Church".
Sandy served on the planning committee for the Farmers Branch Sister Cities Exchange in Oct. 2015. The cities were Garbson, Germany, and Bassettlau, England. She also did an exchange visit to Germany.
Catherine is from Flower Mound, TX and is happily married to her husband Alan. She has one child, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Catherine won the title of Miss Texas Senior America 2017 with her rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", and wowed the judges with her interview and grace.
She is actively involved in the community with the Lewisville Community Theatre, Flower Mound Community Activity Center Senior Pickleball Group that raises money benefitting Alzheimers, Founded the Lewisville Senior Center Silver Singers which performs weekly at many senior living facilities, and has been Secretary and a performer for the Cameo Club.
Other special interests include, knitting, crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, cooking, floral arrangement, singing, playing Pickleball and collecting BIG earrings!!