Lighting veteran Wren Melton, age 76, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Wren worked for Progressive Lighting for more than 20 years in roles that ranged from store manager to Director of Training. She was a long-time member the American Lighting Association (ALA), serving on the Education Committee, Membership Committee, and the Board of Governors.
Noted Troy Lee, CEO of Progressive Lighting, “Wren Melton was a positive influence for so many of our associates both personally and professionally. She approached her career in lighting with elegance and passion. Wren was one of those rare individuals that made everything look effortless in her very capable hands. We will miss her as a leader in our industry, co-worker, and friend.”
Leslie Killingsworth, Senior VP/Marketing & Merchandise for Progressive Lighting, added that Wren’s sense of humor and good nature will be greatly missed. “She was truly a sweet, fun-loving lady,” she stated.
ALA Director of Education Nici Juneau, remarked, “I worked with Wren close to the time I started with ALA. She was very helpful in working with the education programs. I remember her bright smile and wonderful willingness to help wherever we needed.”
A 1965 graduate of Dacula High School, Wren was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Benjamin and Minnie Lou (McGaha) Stanley and brother, Fleet Stanley. Wren is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, William Gary Melton; brother and sister-in-law, Ivan & Rita Stanley; nephew, Levi Stanley; nieces, Chevas Phillips and Nanette Stanley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gale & Wayne Bailey and Kay & Rick McCormick; as well as several great-great nieces and nephews.