Oct. 25, 1953 – Dec. 26, 2020

In true Darlene fashion — waiting until the day after Christmas — she left this world and walked straight through Heaven’s gates knowing that surely she was grinning from ear to ear the entire walk through, and imagining the excitement she experienced when she got to her Jesus. That vision makes us all grin, too.

Darlene Evans Wilson entered this world on Oct. 25, 1953 with a bang in Baton Rouge, La., to Denver and Lucille Austin Evans.

She married the love of her life, Doug Wilson, on June 29, 1974, only after having known each other for 45 days.

Their 46-year marriage was filled with love and adventure — moving from Baton Rouge to McCall Creek then to Tulsa, Okla., Wheaton, Ill., and back to Baton Rouge before finally settling down at their home in McCall Creek.

She loved to sit on her porch — looking out at the creek and watching her grandkids play.

Darlene was adventurous, but, most of all, loving. She never missed an opportunity to try something new or go somewhere different.

She also never missed the opportunity to spoil her four beautiful grandchildren.

Oh, how she loved her nightly chocolate milk, Baum’s cakes, Community Coffee, Disney World, Snow White, but most importantly her friends, family and Jesus.

She never missed the chance to witness and share who Jesus is and who He was to her.

You always knew where you stood with her, and when you met her, you were instant family.

She is preceded in death by her parents Denver and Lucille Evans.

She is survived and remembered by her loving husband, Doug; her son, Dusty; her daughter, Dean’a, and husband, Mike Coffey; and two sons, David and Daniel; four beautiful grandchildren, Gracie, Mason, Christian and Claire; two sisters, Denise and husband, Mike Kelly, and Tammy and husband Robert Kelley; one brother, Denver Evans Jr.; caregiver Joleen Campbell; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

While we are heartbroken that she is no longer on earth, we celebrated all that she was — incredible, beautiful, adventurous, loving and amazing — from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Journey Church, 17407 Greenwell Springs Road in Greenwell Springs, La.

She was laid to rest at Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary, La. following the service.

Brown Funeral Home ( of Gloster was in charge of the arrangements.

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