The Girl Scouts of Central Texas will honor five as Women of Distinction at a luncheon Thursday, Sept. 19, at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

The five women are Kevelle Bailey, Sue Tullar Byrd, Betty Beyer Critchfield, Debbie Eoff and Alice Salazar.

Additionally, Dazzling Diva’s Boutique will be honored as the Workplace of Distinction.

At the signature fundraising event for the Girl Scouts, the organization brings together and honors local women leaders “whose dynamic leadership, professional accomplishments, and community contributions inspire us all to make the world a better place,” the event’s Facebook page states.

The proceeds from the annual event support the Girl Scouts leadership program.

The Bulletin will feature articles about the honorees in future print edition and


Betty Beyer Critchfield

Betty Beyer Critchfield was born Betty Moore to her parents Ira and Emma Moore in Hamilton, Texas.

Critchfield has one sister, Phyllis, of Boerne.

Her family moved to Midland during her high school years and she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland. She attended McMurray University with a bachelor of science and an elementary education certification. She also attended UT Permian Basin and obtained her master of arts and special education/teaching. She began her teaching career in the Ector County school district.

She met Doug Beyer at McMurray University in Abilene and the two were married Aug. 5, 1966. Together they had two sons, Jeff and wife Angie, Scott and his wife Traci and four grandchildren Cody, Kinley, Emmalee and Zach. Doug Beyer died Nov, 11, 2000.

She married Tracy Critchfield, at Grace Lutheran Church, where they both are members of the church choir.

Before Doug Beyer’s death, the two lived in the Permian Basin area until Doug got a call from a friend who found the perfect place on Lake Brownwood for them to live.

Critchfield had a 25-year career as an educator. She taught in various elementary grades and specialties (learning language and disabilities teacher) and was a principal and assistant principal for a number of years. Her love of children was displayed in her teaching career. One of Critchfield’s proudest achievements is the alternative high school where students who had dropped out and were having difficulty getting jobs could return and get their diplomas.

Critchfield has enjoyed volunteering at Brownwood Regional Medical Center and is an active member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, having served as a treasurer locally and as an historian at the district level. She is a member of the McMurray University Alumni Association.

Grace Lutheran has benefited from her volunteering in the Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League for more than 30 years. She has served as president, vice president and secretary and headed many events and committees.

Betty and Tracy Critchfield are enjoying their retirement at their lake home and their participation in Bilbrey sightseeing bus tours, taking them all over the United States.

Critchfield said she has been sustained in life by Jesus Christ, her parents, her sister and brother-in-law and friends.