|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1967|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 2008|
Shelley Beattie had been a bodybuilder for many years. She started to weightlift when she was 14, cause she felt she was an outcast at school being she was deaf. She turned Pro when she was 22 after winning the 1990 U.S. Championship.
She got her claim to fame in the 90's on the hit TV show "American Gladiators" and was know as "Siren" on there. She was quoted and there was nothing she can't do except hear. While on the American Gladiators, she would receive her visual cues from either the referee or her fellow Gladiators. The audience would cheer her on by waving their hands and stomping their feet. Shelley knew she was accepted when they did this... as it is part of the deaf culture way of cheering.
From the StatesmanJournal:
Shelley Beattie passed away on February 16, 2008. She was born in Santa Ana, California and moved with her family to Oregon when she was 11 years old. She attended schools and college in Monmouth, Oregon.
Shelley was an inspiration to many and especially to the deaf community as she attained celebrity status in her 20's. The last 10 years of her life she lived in Salem and worked as a caregiver. She always was a very caring and loving person to all and could light up a room with her energy and smile. Her joy in life was her artwork, her drums, her animals, her earth, and her life partner Julie Moisa.
Shelley is survived by Julie; parents, Jack Beattie and Laura Mitchell; sister, Teresa Keizur; brothers, Jim and Matt Beattie; grandmother, Velda Jirges; step-parents, Sharyl Beattie and Bud Mitchell; 4 nephews; aunts and uncles; a large extended family; and her Native American Spiritual Family.
A celebration of life in the Lakota tradition, a Native American Ceremony will be held for 24 hours starting at 12 noon on Saturday, February 23 and continuing through Sunday noon. Come anytime for this celebration between these hours. This celebration will be held at 2595 65th Ave. SE in Salem.
*** Some sorces have said she died Feb 13 others Feb 16 ***
Created by: Debby
Record added: Feb 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24846070
So sad without you here...I know you're having a blast in Heaven...God bless you Lady.|
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