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January 16, 1971 - November 28, 2012 SHAWNEE Ann Kelley Weaver provided no-nonsense journalism with a smile. Weaver, of Shawnee, died November 28, 2012, after a courageously-fought, lengthy battle with cancer. She was 41. She had a charming way of fighting to tell a thorough, well-balanced story, and that never wavered. "Ann was a tough reporter who never let a story get past her. She was always professional, respectful and pleasant," said Diana Baldwin, colleague and friend. "She was a tougher individual as she battled breast cancer for the last 31/2 years. I will always admire her smile and positive attitude she displayed during her illness." "Ann's family was very important to her. She was a rock for them. She will be missed by many." Weaver had been an Oklahoma journalist for more than 12 years. She was a reporter for the Ada Evening News and The Shawnee News-Star before joining The Oklahoman in 2002. Weaver received numerous awards for breaking news, investigative and government reporting. In 1999, she was an Associated Press sweepstakes winner for her stories about two wrongfully convicted men. Her work is featured in John Grisham's bestselling book, "The Innocent Man," and used as a source in "Actual Innocence," co-authored by attorney Berry Sheck, founder of the Innocence Project. Weaver was a graduate of Fresno State University and East Central University. Prior to her career in journalism, she worked as a social worker and as a legal assistant. Weaver produced quality work and an abundance of it. "We are saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Ann," said Kelly Dryer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group. "She was a dedicated reporter and true professional. Ann had a way of coaxing people to open up to her. "Her writing talents made our readers feel as if they were present for the interview." Weaver was among a team of writers from The Oklahoman and The Tulsa World who worked together on a project about group homes. In 2011, this won a Great Plains Journalism Awards, a journalism competition with entrants from multiple states. The project also won awards from the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives and the Society of Professional Journalists. Fry said, "We are grateful she shared her talents with us all." Ann was born to parents, Victor Barron II and Georgia Uremovic, in Dos Palos, CA. Survivors include husband, Bob Weaver; and children, Austin Weaver, Molly Weaver Forsythe and husband Colt Forsythe, and Bobby Weaver and wife Kristen; sister, Courtney Bullen and husband Brian Bullen; brother, Victor Barron, III and wife Kandi Barron; stepmother, Cynthia Barron; uncles, Vincent Barron, Joe Barron, Tony Barron and Joe Uremovic; aunts, Mary Sandoval, Diana Barron, Elizabeth Uremovic and Katie Uremovic; grandmother, Mary-Lou Bertoloti; niece, Kendall Bullen; nephews, Victor Barron IV and Cole Barron; grandchildren, Amy Weaver, Riddick Weaver, Rhoper Weaver, Emrey Forsythe and Brayden Fletcher; father-in-law, Bill Weaver; sister-in-law, Judy Armstrong; step-grandfather, Joe Bertoloti; and her dear friend, Mary Garcia. She was preceded in death by grandfathers, George Uremovic and Victor Barron; grandmother, Carmen Barron; aunt, Francis Uremovic; and mother-in-law, Myrtle Weaver. The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Aleda Toma and her medical team for the exceptional care and friendship they provided to Ann. The community and friends in Shawnee and OPUBCO have provided love and support to Ann and her family. The family is most appreciative. Those wishing to provide a memorial gift in Ann's name may make a contribution to Saving Pets at Risk (SPAR) at P.O. Box 702, Shawnee, OK 74802 (http://www.sparshawnee.org). There will be a Rosary at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Walker Funeral Chapel, Shawnee, OK. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012, at the United Presbyterian Church, with burial following in Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee, OK, under the direction of Walker Funeral Services. http//www.sparshawnee.org
Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2012
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