Lois Evans, wife of pastor Tony Evans, died Monday after battling a rare form of cancer, her family said on social media.
Evans, the senior pastor at the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, wrote on Instagram that his wife was surrounded by family when she passed away the morning of Dec. 30.
"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,” he added.
Lois Evans was co-founder and senior vice president of The Urban Alternative — a Christian broadcast and teaching ministry that reaches an audience of 2 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations in over 130 different countries — which she and her husband launched in 1982. She also founded the Pastors’ Wives Ministry.
The Evans family is still grieving the death of Tony Evans’ father in November, the unexpected loss of Evans' sister, Beverly Johnson, who died in January.
Evans first made his wife’s biliary cancer diagnosis public in April, saying his wife’s latest routine showed that her rare gallbladder cancer had returned after she had been cancer-free for some time.
In November, he said the chemotherapy and radiation were no longer options for his wife and they were believing God for “supernatural” healing.
Tony Evans was the first African-American to earn a Th.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently published a study Bible and one-volume Bible commentary.