Lois Evans, the wife of the well-known pastor and author Tony Evans, has died at the age of 70.

Tony made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday. "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," Tony wrote.

Tony and their four children were all present when she passed away. "I had the privilege of holding her hand as she was lulled into eternity ... 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."

Lois revealed in the spring of 2019 that she had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer for the second time.

"Thank you so much for praying for my wife and for my family," Tony said. "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."

Tony is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas.