In Memoriam

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We honor the lives of these departed Pen Women…





Carolyn Alexander Fleming, Pensacola Branch

(1926 – 2019)

Carolyn FlemingCarolyn Alexander Fleming called writing a “lifelong joy,” and she accomplished a great deal in her lifetime pursuing the things she loved. Her novel, “Journey Proud,” for which she received the Eric Hoeffer Book Award, is set in the 1930s in a small Georgia town like her birthplace.

Along with her husband, Jack, she received the Adelia Rosasco Soule Award for Seaplane, a musical about early naval flight, of which Pensacola is its cradle. Seaplane was produced three times in Pensacola and also at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1990. Both Carolyn and her husband made a huge impact on the arts community in Pensacola, where she also co-founded “Evenings in Olde Seville,” a popular summer concert series.

Fleming was a letters member who retired in 2013 from the Pensacola Branch after participating that year in its “Branching Out” show at Artel Gallery and also in a book of art and writing titled “Nobis: Making Others See.”

Branch member Anne Baehr recalls how Fleming participated with her singing group at the Pen Women meeting in 2009 as the “Crocks,” a medical wives group that performed at Medical Society meetings all over the state, singing about the challenges of being a doctor’s wife. Their motto was, “If laughter is the best medicine, then the Crocks surely have a guaranteed cure!”

The Pensacola Branch is very honored that such an accomplished and talented woman was one of its members.



Archives (by NLAPW date published):

Summer 2019

  • Kathleen Langan, Greenwich Connecticut Branch
  • Pearl Newton Rook, Central New York Branch

Spring 2019

  • Diana Carol (Howe) Etheridge, Satellite Beach Florida Branch

Winter 2019

  • Yvonne Kirkpatrick Willie, Birmingham Branch (Alabama)
  • Dorothy Timmons, 101, Art Member, Des Moines Branch
  • Barbara Pierce Bush, Honorary Member

Fall 2018

  • Grace Lieberman, Modesto Branch
  • Mary Elizabeth Perry Hildebrand, member-at-large

Winter 2018

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

Fall 2017

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

Summer 2017

  • Gloria Huttner Ross, Southeast Louisiana Branch
  • Katie Wainwright, Southeast Louisiana Branch

Spring 2017

  • Liana M. Moonie, 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