Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, announced yesterday that his wife, Lois Evans, has gone to be with the Lord.
“God answered our prayers this morning by relieving her of suffering,” Evans wrote in a post on Facebook.
Evans and his four children surrounded Lois as she “was lulled into eternity,” as the pastor put it. Evans said the family expressed their gratitude for the life she lived and how they loved her and were proud of her.
Priscilla Shirer, one of the Evans’ daughters, posted a tribute on Instagram to her late mother. “Goodnight my beautiful, beloved Mommy. 💜 I’ll see you in the morning.”
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Goodnight my beautiful, beloved Mommy. 💜 I’ll see you in the morning. #Repost from my Dad, @drtonyevans ・・・ 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.
Lois Evans suffered from gallbladder cancer. In April of this year, Evans announced that the cancer had returned a second time and Lois would undergo treatment for it. In October, Evans sent out an “urgent” request for prayer, explaining that traditional methods of treatment for the cancer, such as chemotherapy, were not working for Lois.
Lois was born December 1, 1949. She passed away on December 30, 2019.
Details for a memorial service have not been announced yet. Evans concluded his announcement by writing “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.”