Kenneth Wren

Kenneth Wren, 78, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, at his residence near Freestone after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 13, 1934, in Freestone, grew up in Freestone County and graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1953. Kenneth continued his education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and his master’s degree at Texas A&M University. He married Patsy Baker on Nov. 9, 1957, and they shared more than 55 years together. Wren started his career teaching FFA and became the vocational director at Marlin ISD for many years before holding the same position at Mexia ISD until his retirement. He was an avid fisherman. His passion was ranching and raising cattle which he did for many years, but his true pride and joy was his two granddaughters. Wren was an active member of First Baptist Church in Teague for more than 30 years and served as a deacon.

Wren was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Gladys Wren; and one brother, Glen Wren.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Wren of Freestone; one son, Mitchell Wren of Waco; one daughter, Melissa Wren Brizendine of Mexia; two granddaughters, Kendle Brizendine of Waco and Bailey Brizendine of Mexia; sister-in-law, Jo Wren of Teague; one niece, Debbie Frost and husband Johnny of Houston; one nephew, David Wren and wife Kelly of Riesel; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Kenneth Wren will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Scott Matthews will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Union Cemetery near Freestone.
Visitation will be held on Monday with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home, 900 U.S. 84 in Teague.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or online at

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Thomas Hutson and nurse Lori Andrews and the staff at Baylor Medical Center.

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