Elvena Redus, 93, of Amarillo died Sunday, November 18, 2018.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 1300 S. Tyler St., with Dr. Howard K. Batson and the Rev. Reed Redus officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Elvena was born May 8, 1925, in Bramen, OK to Euclid and Olive Wilkey. She graduated from Baylor Nursing School in 1946, where she roomed with the sister of her future husband, Dr. Lonnie Clark Redus. Upon Lonnie’s discharge from the Army Air Corps, they married in 1946.
Lonnie and Elvena lived in Dallas, TX, while he completed medical school, then moved to Oklahoma City where he did his residency. They next moved to Weatherford, OK, where they lived for 12 years. They moved to Amarillo in 1963 where Elvena lived until her death.
Elvena loved the Lord and her family with all of her heart. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over 55 years. She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible schools, and served as nurse, chaperone, and teacher for high school summer camps and choir trips for many years. She helped to establish an audio-visual library ministry at the church that served the church’s members for years. She loved to share her faith with others and through her; many people came to know the Lord.
Elvena loved music and played the piano beautifully, especially hymns. She had a passion for reading and studying God’s Word and continued reading and listening to His Word until the day she died.
She was preceded in death by her brother, and sister, a son, Dr. Ronald Clark Redus, in 2006, and Lonnie, her husband of 66 years, in 2013.
Survivors include a son, Mark Redus and wife Ann of Amarillo; a daughter, Jan Gibbs and husband Duncan, of Sharpsburg, GA; a daughter-in-law, Pam Redus Puckett and husband Wolf of Amarillo; nine grandchildren, Mary Ann Leinen and husband Derek, Ronald Clark Redus, II and wife Kasey, Rebecca Redus Smith and husband Ben, David Gibbs, Captain Bryan Gibbs and wife Jenna, Michael Gibbs and wife Katelyn, Rev. Reed Redus and wife Amy, Major Riley Redus and wife Rebekah, and Desaray Burke and husband Corey; 12 great-grandchildren, Reagan, Brooks, and Grant Leinen, Audrey and Asa Redus, Lucy Smith, Noah and Emmarie Redus, Sierra, Ella, and Caleb Redus, and Jemma Burke.
The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, Missions, 1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101-4296; or online at www.firstamarillo.org.