On December 30, 2019, Tony Evans’ wife of 49 years, Lois Evans, found healing in Heaven at the age of 70. And in the face of their devastating loss, Christian celebrity Tony Evans is asking everyone to pray for him and his family.
Lois Evans’ health had been in decline due to gallbladder cancer, a rare condition in the U.S. In April of 2019, Tony Evans, a well-known pastor and Christian author, revealed his wife’s cancer had returned.
Then, in October, Tony let everyone know his wife’s chemotherapy was no longer working.
WATCH: Listen To Tony Evans Give An Update On Lois Evans Health
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As many were preparing for the coming of 2020, the Tony Evans family was saying goodbye to Lois Evans.
Tony Evans’s wife of 49 years died on December 30, 2019. And he announced the news on social media soon after.
“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.”
Tony reflected on the incredible impact Lois played in ministry and in the family, saying:
“We are what we are because of her.”
The Lord blessed Tony Evans and his wife with four children, all of whom are using their talents to serve the Lord in some capacity.
Tony Evans’ daughter, Priscilla Shirer is a well-known Christian celebrity, speaker and author. His other daughter, Chrystal Hurst, is a worship leader and author. Anthony Jr. is a Christian musical artist and Jonathan is now the chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys after retiring from his career as an NFL football player.
Faith In The Darkness
As they grieve the loss of Lois, Tony Evans and his family are relying on God to pull them through. They combat their heartbreak by giving thanks for the blessing of Lois Evans in their lives.
“God has been so kind to give us more time to make wonderful memories,” he 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.”
Announcement Of Lois Evans’ Death
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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.
Prayers For The Evans Family
Losing a loved one is never easy. But because of the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for us all, we can grieve with hope.
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Tony’s request as he mourns his earthly loss is for all of us to cover him and his family in prayer. He knows only God can ease the pain they are feeling.
“Pray for me and the entire Evans family,” Tony shared on social media as a way to help during the time of grief.
If you’d like to share some words of encouragement, cards can be sent to:
Evans Family, c/o The Urban Alternative, PO Box 4000, Dallas, TX 75208
(And if you aren’t sure what to say, these 15 Sympathy Card Messages, Quotes and Verses to Express Condolences may help)
Listen To Tony Evans And His Family Talk Faith And Loss
It’s not the family’s first time experiencing tragedy. After the sudden loss of Tony’s niece in 2018, his 4 children joined Tony on stage at church to deliver a powerful message about relying on a good God through bad times. And those words still hold true as they now grieve the loss of Lois Evans.
WATCH: The Grieving Evans FAmily Talks Faith & Loss
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