In Memoriam

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 We honor the lives of these departed Pen Women…





Grace Lieberman, 88, Letters, Modesto Branch

Grace LiebermanGrace Lieberman (1929-2018) was the epitome of an American Pen Woman. Although her membership was in the letters category, Grace was an actress, a singer/musician, and one of the Modesto community’s biggest supporters of the arts.

She was the executive director of the Stanislaus Arts Council for almost 35 years, and she appeared in many theatrical productions. Her passion for performance was matched by her determination to support other artists, and her Arts Council funded many area programs, including Stanislaus Artists as Resources to Schools (STARS), Serenades on Sunday music recitals, Senior Spotlight talent shows, and Excellence in the Arts Awards.

Grace was a friend to both starving artists/actors and community philanthropists, and she was interested in everything in the arts — music, painting, dancing, theater. She often arranged musical programs for the NLAPW Modesto Branch luncheons, and she will be missed by many.

As one of Modesto’s local businessmen so aptly commented, “Grace was absolutely selfless. Her whole life was devoted to giving to Modesto. It’s a big loss for Modesto.” And it’s certainly a big loss to the Modesto Branch.


Mary Elizabeth Perry Hildebrand, 99, Member at Large

Mary Elizabeth Perry Hildebrand (1918-2017) of Boulder City, Nevada, a member at large and a celebrated author, was formerly part of the now-disbanded Las Vegas Branch.

Mary was born, raised, and educated in New York City, graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with advanced degrees in literature and languages. She transferred this deep respect for knowledge by teaching at the Cathedral Preparatory Seminary.

Her poems and short stories were published both nationally and internationally in such prestigious publications as Interim, Parnassus, Orphic Lute, and Poetry Review. In addition to writing poetry, she published and edited the literary quarterly, Pegasus, for 25 years. Her literary talent was recognized in Who’s Who in Poetry, Cambridge, Who’s Who in America, and Distinguished Women of Southern Nevada.

Mary was an astute student of life, world traveler and keen observer. She will be deeply missed by many family members, friends, collaborators, caregivers, and contributors to Pegasus.











adhesive as


silver strands.


Spin a





the chasm


our worlds.



weave your web;

I shall be

a willing guest

wrapped in

the cocoon

of your net.

— Elizabeth Perry


Archives (by NLAPW date published):

Winter 2018

  • Muriel C. Freeman, art member and former national president, Alexandria Branch; Janet Schulz, letters member, Stockton-Lodi Branch; Diane Louise Wold, art member, Modesto Branch; Virginia Dall, letters member, Modesto Branch

Fall 2017

  • Cheri M. Bentley-Beckman, letters member, Palm Springs Branch; Idell Weiss, art member, Golden Gate Marin Branch; Kay O. Cornelius, letters member, Huntsville Branch; Stella “Maurine” Vance Geldmacher, art member, Southeast Louisiana Branch; Arlene Montgomery Spencer, letters member, Indianapolis Branch

Summer 2017

  • Gloria Huttner Ross, art member, Southeast Louisiana Branch; Katie Wainwright, Southeast Louisiana Branch

Spring 2017

  • Liana M. Moonie, art member of the Greenwich, CT Branch

Winter 2017

  • Lois A. Charles, Diamond State, DE Branch; Carolyn Burton Landers, Atlanta Branch; Anne Lorraine Macdonald, Greenwich, CT Branch

Fall 2016

  • Pam Babcock, La Jolla, CA Branch; Lois Duncan, Sarasota, FL Branch; Harriet Foster-Parrish, Nashville Branch; Donna Freckmann, Pensacola FL Branch; Gayle Norton Hornsby, Nashville Branch; Dorothy Kishibay, Connecticut Pen Women; G. Arlene Silva Mattos, Modesto, CA Branch; Kathleen Alice Neal, Atlanta Branch; Margaret Lynch Siskow, Iowa City, IA Branch; Emily Virginia Blake Vail, Atlanta Branch