Dr. Tony Evans’ Wife and Ministry Partner Dr. Lois Evans Dies After Cancer Fight

Lois and Tony Evans.
Lois and Tony Evans. (Photo: loisevans.org)

Update, January 7, 2020: Read Dr. Lois Evans’ obituary here.

Update, January 6, 2020: Watch the celebration of Dr. Lois Evans’ life and legacy below.

Update, January 4, 2020: Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship will host a celebration of Dr. Lois Evans’ life and legacy on Monday, January 6 at 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Road in Dallas, Texas. The viewing is scheduled for 9 a.m. CST and the funeral for 11 a.m. CST. The services will also be livestreamed at ocbfchurch.org/sisterevans.

“Just before the sun came up this morning, the love of my life, Lois Irene Evans, transitioned from earth and watched her first sunrise from heaven,” Dr. Tony Evans announced on social media Monday afternoon.

“I had the privilege of holding her hand as she was lulled into eternity. Our four children surrounded her as well. As she slipped away, we told her how much we love her, how proud we are of her, and how thankful we are for the life she has lived,” Evans added. “We are what we are because of her.”

The Dallas megachurch pastor thanked their many online supporters for their prayers.

“God answered our prayers this morning by relieving her of suffering. But the truth is, He has been answering our prayers all along. Lois lived beyond medical expectations, not once, but over and over again. God has been so kind to give us more time to make wonderful memories,” the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship pastor wrote.

“While we know the coming days will be challenging, right now we are grateful for the life and love of a woman who planted seeds that will bear fruit for generations to come,” Evans added. “Thank you for your continued prayers for our family as we grieve, and also for your patience as we finalize our plans to honor her life.”

 

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Just before the sun came up this morning, the love of my life, Lois Irene Evans, transitioned from earth and watched her first sunrise from heaven. I had the privilege of holding her hand as she was lulled into eternity. Our four children surrounded her as well. As she slipped away, we told her how much we love her, how proud we are of her, and how thankful we are for the life she has lived. We are what we are because of her. Thank you so much for praying for my wife and for my family. God answered our prayers this morning by relieving her of suffering. But the truth is, He has been answering our prayers all along. Lois lived beyond medical expectations, not once, but over and over again. God has been so kind to give us more time to make wonderful memories. While we know the coming days will be challenging, right now we are grateful for the life and love of a woman who planted seeds that will bear fruit for generations to come. Thank you for your continued prayers for our family as we grieve, and also for your patience as we finalize our plans to honor her life.

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The Evanses, married and ministry partners for more than 40 years, have four adult children, all of them active in ministry: Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, Jr., and Jonathan Evans. They also have five granddaughters and eight grandsons, and two great-grandchildren, according to Mrs. Evans’ online biography.

 

It was just a few months ago that Pastor Evans revealed in an Instagram post that his wife’s biliary cancer had returned and that “chemotherapy and radiation are no longer options” for her. The family said at the time that they were looking to God for “a miracle.”

It wasn’t long after that update on Mrs. Evans’ condition that the first lady and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship made an appearance at church, though visibly thinner and appearing frail.

Although she helmed her own pastors wives ministry, Dr. Evans served as senior vice president of The Urban Alternative, which she and Pastor Evans co-founded in 1982. She also served with the National Religious Broadcasters Board and The Urban Alternative Board of Directors, and co-authored two books with her husband.

Dr. Lois Evans celebrated her 70th birthday on December 1, 2019.

Watch Evans speak in this 2013 video on “The Legacy of a Kingdom Woman”.


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