Lea “Wren” Langley

Lea “Wren” Langley, 73, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on May 28th, 2024.

Born October 4th, 1950, in Yokohama, Japan, Wren was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter and daughter-in-law, Wren and Diane Maddox-Faria, granddaughters Christina Maddox and Stephanie Soares, brother James Langley, sister Martha Langley, nieces Melanie Langley and Gina Beaudette, as well as great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and her cherished cat, Ricky. Wren was preceded in death by her father and mother, James and Lyda Langley, and beloved nieces Amy Caudill and Jessica Marquez.

Wren attended the Maryland School for the Blind, where upon her graduation in 1970, she began working as a Medical Transcriptionist at the Maryland State Penitentiary, where she remained until 1972. In 1986 she accepted the position of Automation Specialist for the US Army Intelligence School, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and in 1988 she transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where she continued her employment with the Department of the Army until 1998. Wren received numerous accolades for her exceptional performance throughout her tenure.

As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Wren’s steadfast and faithful spirit enjoyed the teachings and community of her faith, always willing to accept the callings of her fellowship.

Throughout her life, Wren had a profound love of music, compiling an impressive collection of albums and concert memorabilia. She enjoyed learning and playing musical instruments, and could often be heard singing along to her favorite Marty Robbins ballad. She was an avid traveler who excitedly embraced new places and experiences, and in her leisure time, she was known for knitting uniquely beautiful scarves and blankets for loved ones. Wren was a technology enthusiast, always eager to explore the latest devices and games.

Wren’s first devotion was to her family and friends, where her generous nature, easy smile, and kind and loving persona were cherished by all. She was an adventurous, fun-loving spirit, whose sense of humor was rivaled by few. Her laughter was a joyous thing to behold. She absolutely adored all babies, taking every opportunity to shower them with snuggles and kisses, and every animal was her friend.

To know Wren was to know that you were loved without judgement or reservation, accepted without condition, and always welcomed with open arms. She leaves a legacy of kindness, grace, and inspiration, and Heaven was made more beautiful the day that she arrived.

Services to honor and celebrate Wren’s life will be held on Saturday, June 1st, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 705 W Walnut St, Independence, Missouri. A viewing will be held at 1pm, followed by a funeral service at 2pm.

Donations to assist with Wren’s services may be made directly to her family.



  1. Martha Floidc on May 30, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    My deepest and sincere condolences wren … I’m so very sorry for your loss

  2. Gina Langley Beaudette on May 30, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    Blessed to have known her as Aunt Wren. Her love and kindness knew no bounds and her wisdom and insight were gratefully accepted. I will forever cherish the memories and long phone conversations that were funny, interesting, and so clear – the clarity of this precious woman was like no other. Sending love and sympathy to my Massachusettes family for their sadness and loss. She will be greatly missed.

  3. Cheryl Lauziere on May 30, 2024 at 3:21 pm

    Wren, Diane and your entire family. I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you’ve all shared with her and may you feel her presence for a lifetime. Sending warm thoughts and BIG HUGS!

  4. Linda (and John) Valentine on May 30, 2024 at 9:33 pm

    My heart aches with yours. Wren was one-of-kind…fearless, funny, friendly, faithful, and the kindest person I ever knew. She had a profound impact on my life, and I will be forever grateful for her gift of friendship. Her light and legacy will remain always. My love and prayers for you and your family, and my hope that the Lord grants you peace and comfort.

  5. Monica Brown on May 30, 2024 at 9:42 pm

    Wren was loved and admired by the Draleau family in Shirley, MA. We have so many lovely memories with the beautiful and amazing Wren. We love her very much! Warmest condolences to her family💜

  6. Rick Andrade on May 31, 2024 at 4:12 am

    My sincere and deepest condolences. Her story was beautiful and I know her memory will live on. Our thoughts, prayers, love, and light are with the family and to all who has suffered the loss of this beautiful person.

  7. Dennis Draleau on June 1, 2024 at 2:51 am

    I wish to offer my condolences as well. She indeed was a special lady. How do you summarize in a few words the profound effect someone’s friendship had upon you? I first met Wren after I became a member of the church as part of an elders quorum work party moving Wren into an apartment in Ayer. Soon after I was assigned as her home teacher. This assignment continued whenever she lived in the area. Wren loved big, she loved her daughter little Wren , her granddaughter Christine, her music, her pets and her heavenly father. She had great faith in priesthood blessings as she worked through life situations which kept me on my priesthood toes so she would be blessed appropriately. Her special, spiritual gift of communicating beyond the veil often led to deep spiritual discussions, which we both enjoyed. Watching her read scriptures, was a wonder to behold as she would lightly run her fingers over the braille and read as well as anyone sighted. Perhaps the greatest thing I will miss about her was her beautiful unpretentious, joyful laugh. I would often try to say something funny just to hear her laugh. I look forward to seeing her again in the next life. May our heavenly father bless you and comfort you during this difficult time.

  8. Chad Leigh on June 4, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Condolences. We know she’s just on the next journey of her existence and I’m sure many happy reunions have happened on the other side. I knew Wren when she was at Ft Devens and I was just going and coming back from my mission. So long ago.

    While her mortal body may Rest In Peace, may she be having joyous reunions on the other side.

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