Betty Jo Carr born September 29, 1926 was a preacher, a
teacher, an author, a missionary, a mother of five, and a leader of
the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was the first woman appointed
superintendent in the Northwest Texas Conference of the United
After finishing high school at the age
of sixteen, Crisler traveled alone from California to Lubbock, Texas
to attend college. She studied at Texas Tech University, and
graduated with honors in 1947 with a B.S. in home economics and a
minor in applied arts. Upon graduation, she was hired as a Girl
Scout field director which involved organizing troops, training
scout leaders, and directing day camps within a sixteen county area
In December 1947 Crisler married Galen
Carr. The Carrs became involved with the Methodist Board of Missions
as lay missionaries. They continued to live in Lubbock but spent
time in Illinois, Connecticut, and California taking special courses
prior to missionary service. Their first two assignments, in China
and Korea, were both cancelled due to communist takeovers.
Jo returned to Lubbock and began writing
in 1957. Initially she wrote stories for children about Africa, but
the majority of her published work focused on prayer and devotions.
She also wrote curricular materials for teachers, advent calendars,
and magazine articles for a number of publications.
After serving as an English professor
at Texas Tech University she went on to pastor churches in the South
Plains at Cooper, Levelland, and Crosbyton. Carr died at home in
Lubbock at age 80 July 7, 2007.
Books by Jo Carr
More books by Jo Carr
Haunted Lubbock: True Ghost Stories from the
Hub of the Plains
Lubbock Stories: Personal Remembrances from
the Hub City
Historic Lubbock County: An Illustrated
PINKIE: A West Texas Legend
A place set apart: The history of Ransom
Remembering Slaton, Texas: Centennial
. . .
Lubbock County Estates with Unclaimed Money
Deceased Residents of Lubbock, Idalou, Wolfforth, Slaton,
Shallowater and New Deal Texas Left a total $547,907 in Unclaimed
Money for their heirs.
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