Sunday, September 03, 2006

Nellie Died

Her death was reported in relation to the Kennedy assassination. She was the last survivor who rode in the limousine when John F. Kennedy was shot.

But she was more than a limousine passenger. Nellie Connally was Texas' First Lady from 1963 to 1969. She was in the public eye when her husband served as Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Treaury and later made a run for President. She was a breast cancer survivor and she worked tirelessly for fundraising for charity including diabetes.

To get an idea of Nellie Connally's grace and courage, watch her interview with Ernie Manouse reliving that day in Dallas. I would have liked a different topic so we could remember her as the woman she was instead of just the last survivor of that fateful limousine ride. She was there, but she was more than a passenger in history, and she died Friday.

Rest in Peace, Nellie Connally.

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