Life of Mrs. Evans

Marlene (Zugmier) Evans
November 11, 1933 - July 8, 2001

...age 67, passed away peacefully at her home in Schererville, Indiana,
and went to be with her Lord after a courageous 19-year battle with
         Marlene Evans was born November 11, 1933, in Wymore, Nebraska, to
Alvin and Helen Zugmier.  She is survived by her husband of 45 1/2 years,
Wendell Lee; stepmother, Hazel Zugmier of Kearney, Nebraska; two
children, Joy (Jeff) Ryder of Papua New Guinea and David (Aileen) Evans
of Smith Lake, New Mexico; 6 grandchildren, Jordan, Grant and Lindsay
Ryder and David Anthony, Amanda and Jesse Evans; two sisters, Doris
(Jerry) Smith of Schererville, Indiana, and Kathryn (Dick) Emery of
Argyle, Texas; four nieces and nephews, Mike Smith of Argyle, Texas,
Dianne (Chip) Dowdey of Merrillville, Indiana, Beth Emery of Uzbekistan,
Jim (Sunny) Emery of Argyle, Texas; two grandnephews, Chad and Ben
Dowdey; and a host of caregivers and friends.
         Mrs. Evans held a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary
Education from Bob Jones University, a Master of Arts degree in Christian
Education from Bob Jones University, a Master of Education degree in
Educational Organization and Supervision from the University of
Tennessee, and a Doctor of Humanities degree from Hyles-Anderson
College.  Mrs. Evans served as the Dean of Women at Hyles-Anderson
College for over 20 years and as a faculty member for the entire history
of the college since 1972.  Mrs. Evans taught speech, psychology courses,
education courses, and a unique class for ladies called Christian
         In 1975, Mrs. Evans founded and became the editor of Christian
Womanhood, America's first monthly newspaper designed to meet the needs
of women and girls with the goal of inspiring and instructing them to be
used of God in the home and in the local, fundamental, Bible-believing
church.  Through the 28+ year history of Christian Womanhood, Mrs. Evans
authored 17 books and 1 pamphlet and traveled nationwide as an oft-
requested conference speaker.  For more than a quarter of a century, she
conducted an annual convention for women, the Christian Womanhood
Spectacular, which had as many as 8,000 in attendance.
         Mrs. Evans' down-to-earth teaching and homespun humor were used
of God to help ladies in their marriages, in their child rearing, in
their service for God, and in all other relationships of life.  During
her cancer battle, she had many "cancer buddies" who were inspired to
continue on in spite of medical dilemmas.  Her favorite Bible verse and
the philosophy by which she lived was Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the
Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."
         Mrs. Evans was a member of First Baptist Church of Hammond,
Indiana, since 1972.  Pastor Jack Schaap and Associate Pastor Johnny
Colsten will be officiating at her memorial service.  The memorial
service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, July 13, 2001, at First
Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana.
         There will be no viewing.  Her body has been bequeathed to the
Illinois Anatomical Association.  Dr. Wendell Evans has requested that
out-of-town guests who are planning to attend the memorial service
contact his office at (219) 365-4031, Ext. 156.
         The family and friends of Mrs. Evans would like to sincerely
thank all who have prayed for her and the family in recent months and for
many years.  It was evident that Mrs. Evans had many friends across the
country and around the world.  Thank you so much for the many ways which
you have expressed your love and concern for her while she was ill and
for the family since she went to Heaven.  Continue to pray for Dr. Evans
and the family as they adjust to their loss, as we all will be doing for
days and weeks ahead.