Edna Hennessee was born in Ryan, Oklahoma and raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch during the Depression. She graduated from Union Valley High School in 1936 as valedictorian. After receiving a scholarship from Central State University in Edmond and finding a place to work for room and board, she still decided to go directly into the work force in Oklahoma City as the family would have to sell the cattle to buy her textbooks. While living in Oklahoma City, she received a gift that changed her life - Merle norman Cosmetics. Hennessee washed clothes at night and worked as a department store clerk during the day to pay the gift back. What began as a dream from a small gift of cosmetics grew into Cosmetic Specialty Labs, a family-owned and operated company serving more than 10,000 customers in all 50 states and 23 foreign countries. Read more HERE.