Luella Agnes Owen

Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before
Travel back to the late 1800s to learn more about the true adventures of Luella Agnes Owen—a female pioneer in the study of caves. Luella had to overcome many obstacles to reach her goal of becoming a scientist, but she succeeded. She became one of the world’s leading authorities on caves at a time when such a career was unusual for a woman.

Billie Holladay Skelley of Joplin, MO


Billie Holladay Skelley is a retired registered nurse who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin. In Madison, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, taught in the nursing program, and helped develop the nursing curriculum at Clarke College in Iowa. Since her retirement, Billie has focused on writing efforts and is a member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., the Joplin Writers’ Guild, the Ozarks Writers League, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. An award-winning author, her work has appeared in American Journal of NursingHeart and LungMissouri NursePreMedLife MagazineIntima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Today’s Caregiver Magazine, Show Me the OzarksGAMbitNSS NewsMe, as a Child Poetry SeriesMy Mane MemoriesAlmanac for Farmers & City FolkNinety-NinesSpace ReviewAmerican Aviation Historical Society JournalVietNow National Magazine, Stories of JoplinKentucky ExplorerGod & Nature Magazine, Crowder QuillSafe to ChewSasee, Harvard MagazineWell Versed, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

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