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Last Survivor of JFK Assassination Nellie Connally

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Nellie Brill Connally

AUSTIN, Texas -- Nellie Connally, the last remaining survivor who was riding in President Kennedy's limousine when he was assassinated, died in her sleep late Friday, September 1, a family friend said Saturday. She was 87.

Connally, the widow of former Governor John Connally, died at Westminster Manor in Austin, said Julian Read, who served as the governor's press secretary in the 1960s. "Total surprise," he said. "She has been extremely active and vital the past few days and weeks . . . It's a shock to all of us."

Connally had said the most enduring image she had of the November 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas was of a mixture of blood and roses. "It's the image of yellow roses and red roses and blood all over the car . . . all over us. I'll never forget it . . . It was so quick and so short, so potent," she said in a 2003 interview with The Associated Press.

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Moments before the 1963 presidential assassination, Gov. John

Connally and his wife, Nellie, sat in front of President Kennedy

and his wife, Jacqueline, on that fateful day in history.

As the limousine carrying the Connallys and the Kennedys wound its way through the friendly crowd in downtown Dallas, Nellie Connally turned to President Kennedy, who was in a seat behind her, and said, "Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you."

Almost immediately, she heard the first of what she later concluded were three gunshots in quick succession. Connally slumped after the second shot, and, "I never looked back again. I was just trying to take care of him," she said. Anniversaries and inevitable media interviews followed the Connallys for decades to come.

Nellie Brill Connally, Texas, served as first lady of Texas from 1963 through 1969 during the administration of her late husband, John B. Connally, Jr. She and Governor Connally accompanied President and Mrs. Kennedy on the tragic car ride through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, when President Kennedy was assassinated and Governor Connally was shot.

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Governor John and Nellie Connally

On November 22, 1963, Nellie Connally rode with her husband, Texas Governor John Connally, and a lapful of yellow roses, into the history books. In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of JFK

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