When she died last week after a fall led to an illness, Shirlee Teabo was 80-years-old and still giving readings to friends and clients – some of whom had been coming to her for decades.
In today’s column, memories of Shirlee’s career as a psychic and reader of Egyptian Tarot cards come from her sister, Jacquie Witherrite. Together, the two produced ‘The Curious Psychic,’ a News Tribune column that ran weekly for more than 12 years beginning in 1987.
“The column wasn’t just about us. We did interviews, we talked about topics from menopause to near-death experiences to women in mythology,” Jacquie sai.. “She had a gift, and she spent her life trying to give that gift to others.”
“But I don’t walk down the street being bombarded by ‘the vibes,’ and I don’t read people’s minds at lunch.”
Well, maybe once in awhile. Jacquie recalls walking through a restaurant with her sister only to have Shirlee stop at the table of a stranger eating alone.
“She told him, ‘Don’t do what you’re thinking of doing!’” Jacquie said. “It turned out, he was thinking of putting a hit on his wife.’