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Patty Ryan, Times Staff Writer

Patty Ryan, a Florida native, grew up in Pinellas Park. For more than three decades, she has lived in Tampa, where she's a reporter for the Times. She joined the staff as an editor in 2001, after 22 years at the Tampa Tribune.

Her work has been honored by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors.

She graduated from the University of South Florida.

Phone: (813) 226-3382


  1. Welden agrees to plea deal in abortion pill case, implicates pharmacy worker


    TAMPA — John Andrew Welden, the Tampa man accused of surreptitiously giving his pregnant ex-girlfriend pills to cause a miscarriage, has agreed to plead guilty Monday to product tampering and mail fraud.

    A plea agreement filed Friday recommends that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentence Welden to 13 years and 8 months, preferably at a low-security federal prison camp.

    He signed the agreement, as did his attorney and prosecutors....

    John Welden was released on bail in July. Welden, 28, faced life in prison if convicted of murder under the 2004 Unborn Victims of Violence Act, but prosecutors reduced the charges, dropping murder and adding mail fraud.
  2. Flowers helped Irish native Ellen Sullivan Williams set roots in Tampa


    TAMPA — Ellen Sullivan Williams did not live in a greenhouse. Life was not easy. Her only son, Daniel, died young. Her marriage failed. She lived alone, an ocean away from family and her Irish homeland.

    But even through tears, she grew flowers.

    Her fingers were always in soil. Plants sprouted in her bathroom and turned hardy on her patio and then bloomed at the homes of her South Tampa friends....

  3. Epilogue: Pilot Ethel Hardee Woolley took to the skies as a grandmother in the 1950s


    PLANT CITY — Ethel Hardee was a grandmother when the idea struck her. Her husband hunted in those days, the late 1950s, and the girls were both grown and married. Mrs. Hardee decided she needed a new interest, beyond poetry and bridge.

    Then it came to her. She would learn to fly airplanes.

    It must have felt delicious, for she decided not to tell her husband right away. He was Clifford Hardee, founder of Hardee Manufacturing Co. and Plant City Steel....

    Ethel Hardee Woolley of Plant City took up flying in the late 1950s. She died April 5 in Plant City. She was 94.