Evangelene Lukens

Evangelene Lukens

We can only imagine the rejoicing in heaven as they welcomed home a faithful servant, Evangelene Marie Amstutz Lukens, on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at age 87.

She was a woman of prayer and steadfast faith. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, but her life and legacy will live on through those who knew her and the godly heritage she left. Many people will remember her for the cards and notes that she sent to offer encouragement and assurance of prayer and to celebrate special days. She gave her heart to Jesus at a very young age and died peacefully in the hands of caring nurses who were by her side at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, Louisiana, after a short illness.

Evangelene was born on July 22, 1933, in Delta, Ohio, to the union of Rev. Allen Clyde and Gertrude Lucile (Brorein) Amstutz. She was the second of four children.

After graduation from Angola High School in Angola, Indiana, she enrolled at Spring Arbor Junior College in Spring Arbor, Michigan. She was active in student life and the college choir. It was at SAJC that she met the love of her life during an early morning student prayer meeting. After she graduated from SAJC, she studied elementary education at the University of Cincinnati while completing her college education at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On June 23, 1956, she married her college sweetheart, Kenneth Ray Lukens, at Angola Free Methodist Church. She faithfully served in ministry with him for almost 60 years in churches in Louisiana and Mississippi, playing the piano in most of their pastorates, singing duets together, directing children’s ministries, supporting and promoting world missions, and serving in many different capacities.

She served as treasurer for the Louisiana Conference of the Free Methodist Church Women’s Missionary International for approximately 40 years. She loved her work in the church and entertaining evangelists and missionaries in her home. After her children left home, she was a substitute teacher in Franklin Parish for over 15 years. She was a member of each church her husband pastored until he passed away on September 26, 2015. At that time, she moved her membership to Oak Grove Free Methodist Church in Jonesville, LA.

Evangelene was a busy mom, but with her husband, she remained faithful to love and care for her family, teaching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren about Jesus, how to share in chores around the home, and making sure all homework was completed before her children could go out to play. She enjoyed the seasons of the year and loved to decorate her home for the various holidays and make home-baked goodies. She loved playing table games and could be quite competitive, bowling with the grandchildren, and spending time with friends at church events and especially summer camp meetings where she served as camp registrar and managed the camp book store for many years. An event that she greatly anticipated each year was a visit with her family “up north.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years; her parents; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lukens Burns of Winnsboro, LA; and two brothers, Owen Harold Amstutz of Noblesville, IN and Rev. Norman David Amstutz of Mattoon, IL.

She is survived by three children, David Lukens and wife Ann of Pineville, Stephen Lukens of Deville, and Rebecca “Becky” Packwood and husband Chris of Picayune, MS.; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Lukens Green and husband Eric, of Greenwich, OH, Pastor Joshua Lukens and wife Monica, of Colfax, Michael Burns and wife Mackenzie, of Rayville, Heather Burns of Winnsboro, Kimberly Packwood Miller and husband Luke of Lake Charles, Christy Packwood Frierson and husband Navy 3rd Class Petty Officer Tyler of San Diego, CA, and Hunter Packwood of Picayune, MS; eleven great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, Evan, Madeline, Daniel, Kierstin, and Isaiah Green; Macy, Jaden, Aaron, and Daniel Lukens; and Owen and Oscar Burns; one son-in-law, Sam Burns, of Winnsboro; one brother, Herbert Amstutz and wife Norma of Goshen, IN; two sisters-in-law, LaVonne Amstutz of Noblesville, IN and Joyce Amstutz of Mattoon, IL; and nieces and nephews who loved “Aunt Vangie” and friends.

A service to celebrate her life and legacy will be held in the First Baptist Church of Winnsboro at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 14 with David Lukens and Pastors Cindy Robinson and Craig Beeman officiating. The family will be receiving friends at 9:30 AM at the church until time for the service.

Interment will be at the Antioch Free Methodist Church Cemetery near Summerville, in LaSalle Parish at 3 p.m., with Pastor Beau Edwards officiating.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Lukens, Michael Burns, Hunter Packwood, Sammy Burns, Chris Packwood, and Kent Bennett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Lukens, John Hines, George Ray Faulk, Sr., George Ray “Boo” Faulk, Jr., Parson Belgard, Rodney Belgard, Herchal Paul, Richard Price, and members of the Louisiana Conference of the Free Methodist Church.

The family invites you to make a memorial donation to The World Missionary Press by visiting www.wmpress.org. WMP distributes booklets with Bible verses in the native language worldwide.

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