The low resolution photo on the left has circulated online for many years by Crawford websites and fan pages with the caption that it is Joan with her secretary, Betty Barker. However, the lady with Joan is not Betty Barker. It is Joan's secretary named Margaret Colby. Colby worked for Joan during the late 1940s the early 1950s. However, a common element that Betty Barker and Margaret Colby shared was their equal opinion that Joan was a wonderful person and employer.
Please see the additional photos provided below of Joan with Margaret Colby.
Joan with Margaret Colby at Joan's Brentwood house (1951)
Margaret Colby at home with her sons with a portrait Joan gifted to the Colbys (1951)