Carrie Wooster was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on May 20, 1877. Carrie traveled to the Southwest in 1911 with her mother. Intending to reach Arizona, mother and daughter left the train in Albuquerque when Carrie became too sick to travel farther. They were soon joined in Albuquerque by Carrie’s Ohio fiancé, Clyde Tingley.

Clyde and Carrie Tingley shared a commitment to the sick and disadvantaged, particularly children with disabilities. They focused on building schools for children throughout the state.