Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Bette McMurry Nesmith
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Mar. 23, 1924
Death: May 12, 1980

Inventor. Born Bette Clair McMurray to Jesse and Christine McMurray in Dallas, Texas. She married Warren Nesmith in 1941. They would have one son in December 1942, Robert Michael Nesmith. The couple spent most of their married lives apart while he served during WWII. They would divorce in 1946 and Bette went to work to support her son. By 1951 she was working as the executive secretary to chairman of the Texas Bank & Trust in Dallas. With the introduction of new electric typewriters, the secretarial staff found the number of errors increasing since no one had been able to adjust to the speed of the new machines, nor could mistakes be as easily erased with a pencil eraser as previously. She deliberately set out to find a better way to correct typing errors. Using her kitchen as a lab, she experimented with a blender and tempera water based paint to mix up the first batch of what she called Mistake Out. She secretly used her correction paint for five years. Her co-workers began to request supplies of their own. She began marketing her typewrite correction fluid in 1956. Working from her kitchen, the Mistake Out Company was launched with two employers, Bette and her son, Michael who helped bottle the product in the garage. After changing the company name to Liquid Paper, she tried to sell her product to IBM but was turned down so continued to market her own product. She married Robert Graham in 1962. He would help run the company until their eventual divorce. In 1966 Michael left the family business and moved to Los Angeles where he earned a role as the lead guitarist in the television series ‘The Monkees.' By 1967, Liquid Paper had grown into a million dollar business. Bette said she built her company to foster the overall development of its employees; and so designed company committees composed of a cross section of employees and urged their participation in decision-making processes. In 1975, Liquid Paper moved into an international headquarters building in Dallas that could produce 500 bottles a minute. In 1979 she sold the company to the Gillette Corporation for 47.5 million dollars. A Christian Science practitioner and a women's rights advocate, she used her money as a tool for change, and established the Bette Clair McMurray Foundation and the Gihon Foundation to provide career guidance to women and assistance to domestic violence victims. She died suddenly, leaving half of her fortune to her son and half to charity. 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: Iola
Record added: Feb 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13208394
Bette <i>McMurry</i> Nesmith
Added by: Iola
 
Bette <i>McMurry</i> Nesmith
Added by: Iola
 
Bette <i>McMurry</i> Nesmith
Added by: Nahm
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Trisha W.
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014
Dearest Bette Claire, Thank you for such a wonderful invention, but even more for a fabulous son, Michael. I have met him a couple of times and he is a wonderful man. The fruit does not fall far from the tree! Enjoy your walk with Christ!
- Natalie Neckermann
 Added: Jan. 8, 2014
Thanks for inventing a product that makes our lives as typists a little easier. We are forever in your debt. And, for raising such a talented son.
- C. K. Moser
 Added: Jun. 24, 2013
There are 36 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service