Ann Shirley "Angie" Anderson, 64, a Presbyterian missionary who pleaded for the courts to spare the life of a man convicted of killing her mother, the "Butterfly Lady" of St. Petersburg, has died in Central Africa, friends report. Miss Anderson died Saturday (June 1, 1991) at the Good Shepherd Hospital in Tshikaja, Zaire, where she had spent most of her mission to Africa, said Carol Lee Wathen, the secretary at First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg.
"Her primary object in going to Zaire was education," Mrs. Wathen said. "She had a great love for the people."
Since returning to Africa in 1989, four years after the slaying of her mother, she had been teaching in a high school in Cameroon, Mrs. Wathen said. She was visiting in Zaire, where she worked for 28 years, mostly as a teacher, when she was stricken May 27.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Wathen said. The Rev. Arthur Ross III will officiate. Miss Anderson was buried in Zaire.
Miss Anderson's mother, Annie B. Anderson, was a church worker popular with neighborhood children with whom she shared her enthusiasm for raising monarch butterflies. She was stabbed to death in January 1984. Police said the 86-year-old woman was killed after confronting a man who had broken into her home.
James Floyd was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying. Last September, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a death sentence imposed for the second time.
Floyd was sentenced to death in August 1984 despite a plea for mercy from Miss Anderson. The sentence was overturned in 1986 by the state high court. It said the judge gave the jury inadequate and confusing instructions.
In February 1988, Floyd was resentenced to death _ again despite pleas for mercy from Miss Anderson. That sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court.
From the outset, Miss Anderson spoke against executing Floyd.
"The thought of somebody dying because my mother died doesn't make sense to me," the missionary said. "We're told not to kill. I don't think capital punishment is Christian."
That was not to say she wanted the murderer of her mother to escape punishment. But she wanted that punishment to stop short of death.
"While there's life," she said, "there's hope."
After the trial, Miss Anderson remained in the Tampa Bay area for about four years. She taught English as a second language for the Pinellas County School Board and for the Presbyterian Church's Beth-el mission in Hillsborough County for migrants, first at Ruskin and later in Wimauma.
"She was never one to be idle," Mrs. Wathen said. "She wanted to teach and help other people."
Miss Anderson was born in Little Rock, Ark. With her mother and father, the Rev. Frank Anderson, and brother, Frank Jr., she lived in Pulaski, Va., Louisville, Ky., and Charleston, S.C., before her father became an assistant minister at First Presbyterian in the 1950s.
She received a bachelor's degree in 1949 from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., where her roommate, Nancy Parks, would become her sister-in-law. She earned two master's degrees, in religious education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va., and in social work from George Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1961.
Virginia "Ginna" Allan of St. Petersburg, a classmate at the Richmond school, said Miss Anderson graduated in 1951 and worked until 1956 in Fayetteville, N.C., training Sunday school teachers.
Her father died in April 1976, within three weeks of the death of her brother, a pediatrician. Survivors include her former sister-in-law, Nancy Donnan, Beaufort, N.C., an aunt, Elizabeth Bowers, Montreat, N.C.; and four nieces and one nephew.
"We rejoice that she was in Africa, where she wanted to be," Mrs. Donnan said Wednesday.
_ Some information in this obituary came from stories by Mark Journey and Carl McClendon in the St. Petersburg Times.