Jane Anne Jayroe

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Jane Anne Jayroe
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Jane Jayroe signing autographs at a Miss America 2008 event.
Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Recreation
In office
1999–2003
Governor Frank Keating
Preceded by Edward H. Cook
Succeeded by Post abolished
Kathy Taylor as Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation
In office
1999–2003
Governor Frank Keating
Preceded by Edward H. Cook
Miss America
In office
1967–1967
Preceded by Deborah Irene Bryant
Succeeded by Debra Dene Barnes
Miss Oklahoma
In office
1966–1966
Preceded by Sandra Curtis
Succeeded by Sandy Ferguson
Personal details
Born (1947-10-30) October 30, 1947 (age 66)
Clinton, Oklahoma
Spouse(s) Gerald Gamble
Residence Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Occupation Beauty queen, Journalist
Website Official Website

Jayne Anne Jayroe-Gamble (born October 30, 1947) is a well known broadcaster, author and public official and former American beauty queen from Laverne, Oklahoma, who was Miss Oklahoma in 1966 and Miss America in 1967.[1] Jayroe worked as an anchor in TV News in Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth broadcast media markets for 16 years. Later, Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating appointed her to serve as his Secretary of Tourism and Recreation in his Cabinet. She served in that position from 1999 until 2003. Jayroe has authored numerous articles and books and was spokesman for The Presbyterian Health Foundation.

Beginnings[edit]

Jane Anne Jayroe was born on October 30, 1947 to Pete Jayroe and Helene Smith Jayroe in Clinton, Oklahoma. Jane grew up in Sentinel and Laverne, Oklahoma. She has one older sister, a teacher and mother of three in Follett, Texas, Judith Jayroe Wieser Elmore.

Miss America[edit]

As a student at Oklahoma City University, she entered the University’s pageant through her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and then went on to win the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. Then, at the age of 19, and with no previous pageant experience, Jane was crowned Miss America, 1967.[1] She sang and conducted the orchestra for her talent.

After being crowned Miss America 1967, Jane traveled all around the world and was even able to travel to Vietnam to entertain America’s troops abroad.

Professional career[edit]

News industry[edit]

Jane became a well-recognized and respected primetime news anchor for KOCO and KTVY (now KFOR-TV) in Oklahoma City and KXAS in Dallas/Fort Worth. She won several awards during her 16-year career including the first female to be awarded “Outstanding News Personality” in the Dallas-Fort Worth television market. She also hosted a health-related public affairs show, "Health Matters" on Oklahoma's PBS network, OETA. Jayroe later went on to co-host a popular television show, Discover Oklahoma promoting tourism within the state of Oklahoma.

Health advocacy[edit]

In 1992, Jayroe become the first spokesperson for the Oklahoma Health Center and Vice President of the Presbyterian Health Foundation.

Civic work[edit]

She was the first woman elected Chairman of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and is on executive committees for the University of Oklahoma Breast Health Institute, Oklahoma City University Board of Trustees and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. As a member of the United Methodist Church Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, Jayroe is on the Women's Ministries Team and a board member for the Education and Employment Ministries. She has taken an active role in issues affecting young people, serving as honorary chair for the Conference on Teen Pregnancy, Youth Arts Month and the Oklahoma Parents and Teachers Association. She is a former trustee for the Sarkey's Foundation.

Government service[edit]

Governor of Oklahoma George Nigh appointed Jayroe to the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, Governor David Walters appointed her to the Oklahoma Board on Legislative Compensation.

Keating Administration[edit]

Following his reelection as Governor, Frank Keating appointed Jayroe as his Secretary of Tourism and Recreation. In addition to her service as Tourism Secretary, Keating appointed Jayroe to serve as the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.[2]

Literary work[edit]

Jayroe is the author of several articles appearing in McCall's and other publications such as Out of the Blue, Delight Comes Into Your Life and Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul. She was producer for "Daily Devotionals," A set of audiocassettes by area ministers and laypeople and recently created a seminar for women titled, Living Grace-fully.

Her most current publications include More Grace Than Glamour: My Life as Miss America and Beyond, and Oklahoma 3, a book published for the Centennial year of Oklahoma’s statehood and portraying the diversity of the state.

Personal life[edit]

Jane Jayroe Gamble currently resides with her husband, Gerald Gamble, in Oklahoma City. She is mother to Tyler Jayroe, a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Other honors[edit]

Jayroe Gamble was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in the State Centennial year. A street in her childhood hometown of Laverne, Oklahoma was renamed in her honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Associated Press (1966-09-11). "Oklahoma Is Beauty Capital". Herald-Tribune. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Price, Marie (1999-02-09). "Keating selects Jane Jayroe for tourism secretary". State of Oklahoma. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Deborah Bryant
Miss America
1967
Succeeded by
Debra Dene Barnes
Preceded by
Sandra Curtis
Miss Oklahoma
1966
Succeeded by
Sandy Ferguson
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward H. Cook
Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Recreation
Under Governor Frank Keating

1999 - 2003
Succeeded by
Post abolished
Kathy Taylor as Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation
Under Governor Frank Keating

1999 - 2003
Succeeded by