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Ina Mae Nunnally, age 86, went to be with the Lord on January 2, 2017. Ina was born on May 25, 1930 in Rancho, TX to Johnie and Wilma Connally. Ina spent her early years as a home maker, married to the love of her life Julian Joseph Nunnally and raising her two sons, Gary and David. Later in life, Ina worked in the field of education.

Ina and Julian were inseparable and loved each other dearly. They created a beautiful life together and their love for each other was one that many people aspire to have. They both enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. After Julian's passing in 2015, Ina met many good friends at The Conservatory at Champions Forest, where she resided for the past 18 months.

We remember Ina as a caring and loving woman with such a big heart and a loving spirit. Her smile could light up any room she entered and anyone she met. She always made her husband, sisters, children, and grandchildren her number one priority. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her.

Ina is survived by her sons; David Bryan and wife Karen, children Nicole and husband Jeff Nutt, Ashley Nunnally, and great grandchild Scarlett Nutt; Gary Douglas and children Angie and Gregory; sisters June Insall, Jo Ann Bernard and Peggy Honeycutt; as well as many friends and family.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston.
The family invited everyone to join them for an 11:30 a.m. reception at the Conservatory at Champions Forest, 8215 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379.

In lieu of flowers, memorials were requested in Ina's memory, to a charity of your choosing.

Below are thoughts from her sister June.

My Sister - My friend
I was Ina's "big sister" responsible for "helping," especially when she was small. After that, God blessed her with the gifts she displayed for the rest of her life: a heart attitude that blessed all with whom she came in contact.
For instance, when she was first in school, she needed help with learning to read, so Mother assigned that task to me; after all I was three years older. After a time, she could recite it perfectly. However, that's just what it was: recite. She had memorized the pictures and could not "read" when she couldn't see the pictures.
Ina was definitely a "people person." I was her matron of honor with Peggy and Jo as bridesmaids when she married. Herb (my husband) was one of the groomsmen, so we had access to the get-away car, attaching the cans, etc. But more relevant, they had managed to buy minimal furniture and household things to be able to move into an apartment. Herb managed to put rice into the coffee stem so that the next morning when they made their first pot of coffee something that looked like huge maggots appeared. Mystery solved. After that, Ina caller either Mother or me as she learned to cook. "How do you make gravy?" We worried she would have BIG trouble when she joined Julian in his deployment to Germany. Didn't happen.
Ina soon made friends -- at least three of whom became lifelong friends. She was aided by a maid, a German national who was familiar with the "system." Ina traded things she could obtain from the PX for whatever from "Hilda?" She adapted to rinsing in bleach all produce because the Germans fertilized with "human excrement," the "honey wagon." She also became a very good cook, especially known for her pineapple layer cake, always requested by the principal at her school. She learned to "soothe" Gary to sleep with the vacuum cleaner hum.
They visited many places including Italy where she (they) experienced fear big time. Julian had his car (a Mercury, I think) brought over and had engine trouble in a small town in Italy. Ina said the people they were referred to looked like gangsters (probably because the Mafia were portrayed as
Italians/Sicilians in movies in the States). As quickly as they could, they cut their visit short and returned to the base.
Gary, for some reason, had started biting people, so Ina and Julian tried biting him to teach him not to bite, so he arrived with bite marks all down his arm. Carolyn could attest to this. While wearing shorts he left bite marks on the back of her upper thigh.
Julian and Ina took a duplex apartment in Highland Hills, again where Gary experienced his inclinations by screaming at the top of his lungs. We were afraid neighbors would complain, but fortunately they found a small house nearby. Herb and I lent them the down payment and a new era began.
Ina right away made friends with both next door neighbors. Gary also exercised his rights when it came to potty-training. He would sit on the pot for some time, then get up and deposit his "leavings" wherever he wished.
Julian, who had taken a job doing menial work with Texaco, persisted in seeking a degree through night classes, eventually getting his degree and being promoted to rep for tires, batteries, etc. This threw Ina into the "Texaco Wives Club" who ate at a different restaurant once a month. At one point, I couldn't mention a restaurant that she had not visited. Here again they made lifetime friends who continued to get together after they all retired.
Ina had her a "ways." When she had bought a new dress, which she would think Julian would not agree to, she would say, "Oh it's been in my closet for ages!" Also, there was a commercial for an upscale hair coloring: "It costs a little more, but I'm worth it." Ina said, "I'm worth it." and she was.
The earliest memories I have