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Betty Lou Evans – WRBI Radio

Betty Lou Evans, 95, fell asleep and woke with the angels on Friday January 13, 2023. Born in Mattoon, Illinois on November 26, 1927 and raised in Champaign Illinois, Betty Lou would later attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. While attending Moody Bible Institute she met her beloved husband, Donald F. Evans. The two were united in marriage on May 26, 1950 and together had four children, Donald Jr, Steve, Karen and Kathy. Betty worked as a secretary for her church as well as at a doctor’s office and enjoyed that up until becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Betty had a passion for music and learned to play the piano at the very young age of 7 years old. She continued to develop this talent and later played for her church in Illinois for numerous funerals and Sunday services. Upon her husband retiring they moved to Sumter, South Carolina and lived there together with their daughter Kathy for 37 years. During those years Betty continued to play for numerous churches in Sumter for funeral services, weddings, Sunday services and cantatas. In the summer of 2020 Betty Lou, Donald and their daughter Kathy moved to Batesville, Indiana to be closer to their granddaughter Amy Lesneski.

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; HE will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Don’t fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

“Do not fear for I am with you: Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Betty Lou was proceeded in death by her husband Donald F. Evans of 72 years, her mother Susie Wainscott and her father Jesse Wainscott; and her sons Donald Evans Jr. and Steve Evans. She is survived by her daughters Karen (Robert) Irvine, Kathy Evans along with many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 12:00 pm at Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

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