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Ann DePriest Moreton

Graveside services for Ann DePriest Moreton of Ocean Springs are2 p.m., today at Rosehill Cemetery in Brookhaven. Howard AvenueChapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi is in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Moreton, 92, died Oct. 6, 2002, in Biloxi. She was born inShelby, N.C.

She was an internationally known writer and photographer. Shewas a graduate of Marjorie Webster College in Washington, D.C. Shewas one of the first seven stewardesses for Eastern Airlines.

She later became one of the world’s leading authorities onspiders. She was a longtime resident of Powhatan, Va., where sheowned and operated the world’s only spider museum. She laterdonated the museum and its contents to the State of Virginia. Shedonated her collection of spider photographs, thought to be themost comprehensive in existence, to the Smithsonian Institute, andher collection of live spiders to Harvard University.

Her photographs were exhibited at the American Museum of NaturalHistory in New York City. Her photographs of spiders were publishedin the National Geographic and Smithsonian Magazine, as well as inseveral books.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. WilliamDePriest; and her husband, Frederick Perkins Moreton.

Survivors are her daughter, Judy Moreton Howell of OceanSprings; her son, Thomas P. Moreton of Ocean Springs; her brothers,Eugene DePriest and William W. DePriest; her grandchildren, LisaHowell, Fred P. Moreton and Kim Moreton, all of Ocean Springs,Brooke Howell Perry of Ridgewood, N.J., and Kelly MoretonLivingston of Brandon; and her great-grandchildren, Ian Wentzell,Nicholas Wentzell and Annie Wentzell, Caroline Perry, Will Perryand Chris Perry, Cody Livingston and Faith Livingston.

Memorials may be sent to Mendenhall Ministries, P.O. Box 368,Mendenhall, MS 39114, REAL Christian Foundation, P.O. Box 180059,Richland, MS 39218 or Mission Mississippi, P.O. Box 22655, Jackson,MS 39225.