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Ann B. Weldon, 82, retired religion writer for Independent

Ann B. Weldon, a writer who often reported on religious matters for the St. Petersburg Evening Independent for 20 years, died Sunday (Feb. 27, 1994) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She was 82.

After a battle with osteoporosis and arthritis, she apparently died of pneumonia, her family said.

As a correspondent, Mrs. Weldon covered church and neighborhood activities in southern St. Petersburg, before becoming the newspaper's religion writer.

"After 23 years as a homemaker, wife and mother of two, I wanted to do something with my mind," she said in 1985 when she retired, recalling her decision to write for the Independent.

Born Ann Blain, she was a member of a Roanoke, Va., family that included many relatives involved in ministry and missions. She grew up with a knowledge of religion's role in this country and abroad.

Her first experience in journalism came as editor of her high school newspaper. After graduating from a business school, she worked for the newspaper, the Roanoke World News, and wrote copy for eight years at a Roanoke radio station.

She studied at the University of Virginia and was a member of Delta Sigma Chi.

Mrs. Weldon came here in 1958 when her husband, Jack, formerly with the Associated Press in Atlanta, joined the staff of radio station WSUN-AM 620.

Her writing for the Independent, which merged in 1986 with the St. Petersburg Times, earned several awards from Florida Press Women, including a first- place award for special features.

"I met so many nice people who were always an inspiration to me, and I found love in places and religions where I never expected to find it," she said in the 1985 interview.

Involved in the community as well as an avid traveler, she was a member of the board of Aid to Refugees, a service for Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees. She was a former president of the BP Chapter in St. Petersburg of PEO, an international philanthropic and educational organization.

At the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg, to which she belonged, she was a member of Women of the Church and taught the Bible.

Besides her husband, survivors include a son, Jack B., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Ann W. Michael, New Orleans; a brother, S. Wilson Blain, Roanoke; two sisters, Mary F. Blain, Roanoke, and Jean Shields, Richmond; and a grandson.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alan R. McLeod Funeral Directors, 1915 62nd Ave. N. A memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE. The Revs. Arthur Ross III and Harleigh Rosenberger will officiate.

_ Some information in this obituary came from Times files.

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