Lena May 'Billie' Weller, florists group head

The Baltimore Sun

Lena May "Billie" Weller, former executive director of the Allied Florists Association of Greater Baltimore and a longtime volunteer, died Feb. 20 at a Bedford, Va., nursing home of complications after surgery. She was 91.

Lena May Collins was born and raised in Baltimore. She was a 1943 graduate of Western High School.

In 1943, she married Joseph E. Shaner, former maritime editor of The Sun, who later owned and operated the Joseph E. Shaner Co., a Baltimore public relations firm.

After her husband's death in 1965, Mrs. Weller owned and operated his firm until 1974.

She had been an active member of the Public Relations Council of Baltimore, the Maryland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Maryland Society of Association Executives.

The former Northwood and Cedarcroft resident moved to Towson in 1973. Since 2000, she had lived in Moneta, Va.

From 1965 to 1973, Mrs. Weller, who was an avid gardener and floral designer, was executive director of the Allied Florists Association of Greater Baltimore. She also had been a member and volunteer of the Garden Clubs of Maryland.

Mrs. Weller had served on the board of what is now The Children's Home Inc. and was a supporter of the Friends of the Mission Helpers.

Mrs. Weller, who enjoyed painting still lifes in oil, had been a member of the Charcoal Club of Baltimore. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and was known for her meatloaf, family members said.

Her husband of 25 years, Edward Weller, a Baltimore insurance executive, died in 1998.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are two sons, Alan Jemison of Great Falls and Thomas C. Shaner of Glen Arm; a daughter, Linda Shaner of Moneta; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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