John Bowden CONNALLY Mini tree diagram
Idanell BRILL

Idanell BRILL6,1,2,7,3,4,5

24th Feb 19191,2,3,4,5 - 1st Sep 20061,2,3,4,5

Life History

24th Feb 1919

Born in Austin, Travis, Texas.1,2,3,4,5

21st Dec 1940

Married John Bowden CONNALLY in Austin, Travis, Texas.6,10,7

15th Jun 1993

Death of John Bowden CONNALLY in Houston, Harris, Texas.8,9,6,10,6,7

1st Sep 2006

Died in Austin, Travis, Texas.1,2,3,4,5

after 1st Sep 2006

Buried in Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas


  • "Sweethearts to Wed - Idanell Brill and John Connally will be marriedDec. 21 in Austin.  Idanell was a student at the University from1935-1940.  She was the University sweetheart in 1937-3S, campusbeauty in 1935-36, relay queen ...."
    --  San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 1 1940,

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Idanell Brill [Ida Nell Connally] [Idanell Connally]
    Birth Date 24 Feb 1919 Austin, Texas
    Father Arno Brill
    Mother Kathleen Inks
    Death Date 1 Sep 2006
    Jul 1939 Name listed as IDANELL BRILL; Jun 1944 Name listed as IDANELL CONNALLY; Apr 1964 Name listed as IDANELL BRILL CONNALLY; 14 Sep2006 Name listed as IDA NELL B CONNALLY

    The Social Security Death Index has written Idanell's name as twonames Ida Nell.

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Ida Nell B. Connally
    Born 24 Feb 1919
    Died 1 Sep 2006
    Last Residence Austin, Travis, Texas 78731
    SSN issued Texas (Before 1951)

    Idanell "Nellie" Brill Connally
    Birth Feb. 24, 1919 Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
    Death Sep. 1, 2006 Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA

    Historical Figure, Author
    Former Texas First Lady from 1963-1969
    Wife of Governor John Connally

    Last survivor of the car that carried President John FitzgeraldKennedy. On November 22, 1963, it was Mrs. Connally that uttered thelast words the president heard, "Mr. President, you can't say Dallasdoesn't love you," moments later those fateful shots rang out.

    Nellie Connally was born Idanell Brill in Austin, Texas one of fivechildren born to Katie and Arno Brill. She had always aspired to be anactress. She even auditioned for the role of Scarlet O'Hara in "GoneWith the Wind." In 1939 while at college she met her future husbandJohn Connally. By the time the two married a year later her actingcareer took a backseat.

    She would be busy raising the couples for children and helping herhusband with his political aspirations. She would do everything shecould from raising money to answering phones. Her husband's mentor wasfuture U.S. president Lyndon Johnson. The Johnsons and the Connallyswould remain forever friends, even though Nellie learned he was a manthat could not be crossed. Once when answering phones for him sheaccidentally disconnected a line and Lyndon Johnson threw a book inher direction.

    She knew not to mess with him. Lady Bird Johnson However became alifelong friend and someone she admired very much. Nellie was avivacious lady full of spunk with a great sense of humor. She was agreat asset to her husband's campaign. In 1961 President Kennedy In1961, President John F. Kennedy named John Connally Secretary of theNavy. He did not stay at his job instead he ran for Governor of thestate of Texas. In 1963 he was elected Governor. It was in Novemberwhen the President decided to stop campaigning. A tour of Texas waspart of the tour. John Connally told his wife that if only the peoplecan see him they would surely elect him once again.

    The Connallys would accompany the Kennedys on their tour. On November21 they went from Austin to San Antonio. November 22, 1963 they wentto Fort Worth and on to Dallas. Everywhere they went Mrs. Kennedy andMrs. Connally received a bouquet of roses. Later on she thought it wasfunny they had always received yellow or white, but on that day it wasred. The motorcade was on that warm morning, and by day's end thePresident was dead and the Governor was seriously wounded. After thesecond bullet hit her husband Nellie just stayed patiently holding thehole in his chest assuring him things would be just fine. She knew thePresident was already dead, and stayed focused on her husband.

    At the Hospital Jackie Kennedy and Nellie Connally sat next to eachother, silently waiting to hear the news of their husbands' fate. Anattended [attendant] came up to Nellie and told her they could notoperate on her husband until she filled out paperwork. Years laterNellie would recall that if she had a gun she would have used it. Shewas put in a separate room to wait for word of her husband. The onlyvisit she got was from Lady Bird Johnson with her arms stretched outready to comfort her. She would learn her husband survived. She didnot attend the funeral for the President; instead she sent her sonJohn with a note for Mrs. Kennedy.

    Jackie Kennedy told her [Nellie's] son that if anything good came outof this it was that his father had lived. The two never spoke again.Nellie Connally felt it was not fair that her John lived and Jackie'sdid not. John Connally would go on to be Secretary of the treasuryunder Nixon, but his career ended when he was accused of taking abribe. Nellie would face a battle with breast cancer that she wouldwin. She would continue her volunteer work for charitable causes. In1993 John Connally died. In 1994 Jacqueline Kennedy passed away at age64 of cancer.

    Nellie Connally was the last survivor of that Lincoln limousine.Nellie Connally would always argue the fact that there was a secondshooter on that faithful [fateful] day. She would appear on interviewsfor the fortieth anniversary in 2003. She would tell everyone she met,"You can argue with the experts and the Warren commission, but youcannot argue with me, I was in the car." In 2003 she published heraccount of the day for the first time with the book, From Love Field;Our Final hours with President John F. Kennedy. A very active personwell into her eighties Mrs. Connally died peacfully in her sleep atage 87.
    (bio by The Perplexed Historian)

    Spouse John Bowden Connally (1917 - 1993)
    Daughter Kathleen Connally Hale (1942 - 1959)

    Burial Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas

    Maintained by Find A Grave, Originally Created by The PerplexedHistorian Sep 02, 2006
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #15585881,


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    • "Nellie Connally,"
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  • 3. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  • 4. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 5. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 6. Wikipedia
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  • 8. Social Security Death Index
  • 9. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
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    • Watkins-Kirksey Tree,

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