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In Memoriam

Halide Smith

1933 – 2022


Halide Smith, a proud and long-time member of the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, passed away in January 2022.

Though Halide Smith moved to Missouri several years ago, her heart remained with the Sarasota Pen Women and she kept her membership every year! We recently learned of her passing, and realize that many members knew and loved her when she was physically here. She’ll remain in our hearts always.


Halide was a composer and artist, composing music for a variety of musical instruments from contemporary to classic. She painted in oil, watercolor and acrylic.


As a child of Kazan Turks, Ms. Smith was born and raised in Korea and moved to Turkey at a young age. While in Korea, she studied piano with a German teacher. She was world-traveled and influenced by many cultures, reflected in her unique and innovative musical compositions.


Her music has been performed in many venues while collectors of her paintings reside worldwide.


After moving to Missouri, Ms. Smith remained a member of the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) and ASCAP, the Kansas City Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity (SAI), and Kansas City Musical Club.


Ms. Smith won countless awards for her music and art from NLAPW and other art and music groups. Among her impressive achievements, Ms. Smith was honored with the first International Friendship Award by The National Federation of Music Clubs.

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