The world is often fortunate enough to produce those great spirits who see beauty all around them and want to share it with the world. One of those figures, Th eodosia Nolan, was the embodiment of southern style and grace in an age when that all too often seemed to be fading. But this underscored her thirst for adventure and it was her sharp business sense that prompted her to work with her brother and sisters to create a Fortune 500 company, Murphy Oil.

Born Theodosia Murphy in El Dorado in 1917, she was the daughter of bank owner Charles H. Murphy, Sr. She grew up in the Oil Boom days in South Arkansas, when small farm and timber towns of the area exploded with throngs of prospectors, oilfield workers, and others determined to make a living from the black gold found deep under the surface of South Arkansas.


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