When Connee went solo, her disability became more of an issue as she was the star and all the focus was on her. In Connee’s own words, “When for a time I wasn’t getting booked, I wanted to know why. I found out that the getting on and offstage was a pretty painful-looking procedure. People came to night clubs to enjoy themselves, to have fun. They wanted to get away from trouble. I could understand that well enough and that’s why I went to work to smooth out my entrances and exits…. That’s how I dreamed up the skirt-covered wheelchair I use for my appearances.”
She wrote the following poem just five days before her death:
“My days are numbered and it’s just as well. Just how soon no one can tell. I hope that it’s soon for the pain is vile, A face filled with frowns instead of a smile. When the end comes I’ll be at rest, And just remember, it’s all for the best, And when I’m gone remember me when The sun shone brightly. And now, Amen.”
Final Resting Place:
280 Secor Road
Hartsdale, New York, 10530
Grave Location:Hillcrest J, Grave 227
Grave Location Description
After entering through the entrance between Cherrywood and Maplewood, take the first left. Then continue along this road heading west. Continue heading west at the next intersection, then turn right at the following intersection. Drive north past the Knollwood Cremation Garden and turn left. Hillcrest J will be on your right. Drive about 120 feet west and park your car in front of the middle of Section J. Connee Boswell’s grave will be on your right on the road next to a large tree.
Grave Location GPS41.02816778, -73.83160056
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