Cicely Angleton, 89, a poet and history scholar who was the wife of a former CIA director of counterintelligence, James J. Angleton, died Sept. 23 at her home in Great Falls. She had congestive heart failure, according to her daughter Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa.

Mrs. Angleton was married in 1943 and graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1947.

She and her husband lived in Arlington County for many years. During the summers, they often vacationed in northern Wisconsin, where Mrs. Angleton wrote and directed musical plays for children.

She spent the summer of 1962 in southern France, where she studied the Cathars, a breakaway medieval sect of the Catholic Church. She devoted many years to studying the group and received a doctorate in medieval history from Catholic University in 1984.

After her husband’s death in 1987, Mrs. Angleton became a widely published poet, with several volumes of poetry. Many of her poems had a wry, humorous edge. She was interviewed for a Library of Congress series of podcasts called “The Poet and the Poem.”

Cicely Harriet d’Autremont was born in Duluth, Minn., and grew up in Tucson.

She was a member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington and often attended Washington-area gatherings of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a meditative and spiritual group. She was also a longtime participant in programs of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

Survivors include three children, James C. Angleton of Los Angeles, Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa of Great Falls and Siri Hari Kaur Angleton-Khalsa of Espanola, N.M.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel