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Yazell, 83, published civil liberties paper

Margaret "Margo" Yazell, former publisher of a community newspaper concerned with civil liberties, has died at 83.

Mrs. Yazell, who edited and published ComeUnity with her husband, a state and Pinellas County leader of the American Civil Liberties Union, died Sunday (Nov. 11, 2001) in Houston after a long illness.

Their monthly newspaper focused on issues such as censorship, abortion, school spanking _ and capital punishment. For several years, when an execution was imminent, they stood outside the courthouse in St. Petersburg in silent protest.

In 1993, she and her husband, Raymond M. "Ray" Yazell, received the Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU Foundation of Florida.

The award is named for the late owner of the Times Publishing Co., publisher of the St. Petersburg Times, who was a strong defender of constitutional rights.

Born in Louisville, Ky., the former Margaret Elizabeth Johnson was a retired homemaker. She moved recently to Texas.

She was a member of the ACLU as well as the Unitarian Universalist United Fellowship.

Her husband of 53 years died in 1995. Survivors include three sons, Raymond Jr., Dennis and Douglas; two sisters, Helen J. Biggs and Constance J. Saracco; two granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

Jack Rowe Funeral Home, League City, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

_ Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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