Jayroe served as Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. She received a number of prestigious journalism awards, including first female to be named, “Outstanding News Personality” in the Dallas market. She was also the recipient of Oklahoma’s Paragon Award for the creation of the television partnership “Volunteer Connection.” Additional national journalism awards followed her role in television for an education program, “Project Challenge.” She is also known for her participation in the weekly television travel show, “Discover Oklahoma.” With Art Linkletter, she co-hosted the 13-part television series for national broadcast, “The Other School System.”
Jayroe is a former trustee of the Sarkey’s Foundation and was appointed by Gov. George Night to the Commission on the Status of Women, by Gov. Henry Bellmon to chair “Oklahoma Reunion ’89” and to the legislative Compensation Board by Gov. David Walters. Gov. Frank Keating appointed her to be Cabinet Secretary of Tourism.
As an author, Jayroe has contributed to McCall’s magazine and books including, “Out of the Blue, Delight Comes in Your Life,” and “Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul.” She was producer of the audio series, “Daily Devotionals,” and created a similar program for women titled, “Living Grace-fully.”