Livia Langley of Springfield VA, beloved daughter of Paul and Darlene Langley and sister to Spencer Langley, passed away at home surrounded by family on May 18, 2019 after a two year battle with cancer. She was 24 years old.
The best word to describe Livia is unique. Opinionated and with a strong sense of right and wrong, Livia went through life more concerned about everyone else than she was about herself. Even when she was very sick, she would always ask how her visitors were feeling and nagging them to take care of themselves and go to the doctor. She was a proud honorary big sister to Becky Dicenza, the neighbor’s daughter who lived next door. Livia’s concern for the world and the people in it extended to the environment, the animals on the planet and creatures that live in the sea. She had online friends all over the world.
Livia loved art, Manga, wild animals, science, history, her cats, and her family (she always said her brother was her best friend). But far and away Livia’s first love was reading and writing. Livia loved to read and was an active user of the library. Many volumes of books fill her room. She was a writer, constantly working to hone her craft. Livia spent many hours filling notebook after notebook with stories and ideas. She continued to submit stories and poems to publications and competitions until several months before her death.
A few words cannot capture the young lady who has left a trail of bereavement through the neighborhood, through her friends and family, and the world community which is a lesser place now that she is gone.
Livia is also survived by her grandmother Nancy P. Langley of Springfield VA and was predeceased by her grandfather Douglas Langley. Her grandparents Michael and Lucinda Cullers of Winchester VA also survive her, as do her uncle Matthew Langley and his partner Jan Blakesburg of New York City; uncle Martin Langley and aunt Kate Carpenter and cousin Juliana Langley of Chevy Chase MD; uncle James Rife and aunt Kathleen and cousins Justin and Jake of Bunker Hill WV; and an aunt Leah Rife of Strasburg VA.
In lieu of flowers, Livia asked that people donate money to the charity of their choosing. If you don’t have a favorite charity, her parents suggest that donations be made to The Friends of the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke VA 22015. Livia never missed a booksale held by the Friends of the Kings Park Library to raise money to improve the library, including the sale of May 2019 when her mobility was impaired.
Livia asked that no services be held after her death.
The Friends of the Kings Park Library generously supports branch programming and provides funding for materials, furnishings, and other branch needs through their on-going and semi-annual book sales. When you visit, enjoy our beautiful stained glass windows and inviting outdoor space, including a butterfly garden and native plants, maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer gardeners. With the office of the Braddock District Supervisor sharing the building space, Kings Park Library is a focal point of the community.