Born:Granville Oral Roberts: January 24, 1918 in Ada, Oklahoma.
Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock: April 22, 1917 in Warsaw, Missouri.
Died:Oral Roberts: Oral died on December 15, 2009 at the age of 91 from complications of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California.
Evelyn: Evelyn died on May 4, 2005 at the age of 88. She had received a serious head injury after falling in a parking lot.
How Oral and Evelyn Met:A preacher's daughter, Evelyn attended camp revival meetings. While attending one in Sulphur, Oklahoma, she sat next to Oral. Their courtship was initially through the mail.
Oral's marriage proposal: "My huge, happy, hilarious heart is throbbing tumultuously, tremendously, triumphantly with a lingering, lasting, long-lived love for you. As I gaze into your bewildering, beauteous, bounteous, beaming eyes, I am literally lonesomely lost in a dazzling, daring, delightful dream in which your fair, felicitous, fanciful face is ever present like a colossal, comprehensive constellation. Will you be my sweet, smiling, soulful, satisfied spouse?"
Evelyn's response: "Listen, here, boy, if you are trying to propose to me, talk in the English language."
Source: David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Oral Roberts: an American Life. 1985. pg. 46.
Wedding Date and Info:After their September engagement, Oral and Evelyn planned a June wedding. They changed the date so they could marry sooner and were married on December 25, 1938 in Westville, Oklahoma. The Rev. Oscar Moore performed their wedding ceremony.
- Rebecca Ann Roberts Nash: Born in 1939, Rebecca died at the age of 37 in an airplane crash in 1977.
- Miscarriage: Abt. 1942.
- Ronald David Roberts: Born in 1943. Ronald, an antique dealer, committed suicide at the age of 37 in 1982.
- Richard Lee Roberts: Born in 1948. Evangelist, author.
- Roberta Jean Roberts Potts: Born in 1950. Attorney.
Occupations:Oral: Evangelist, author, speaker, founder of Oral Roberts University.
Evelyn: Evangelist, author, speaker.
Last Residence:Oral and Evelyn retired to Newport Beach, California.
Quotes About the Marriage of Oral and Evelyn Roberts:Evelyn: "I believe a marriage is worth your attention, and it’s the little things you do that can help build up a marriage. Oral and I liked to raid the refrigerator before bedtime, and the late night snacks were usually the time for heart-to-heart talks about our future, the children, and just being in love. Over a glass of cornbread and milk we grew closer. Our marriage is probably no different than most couples’. Through the years we’ve been married, there have been some rough spots, but we always worked hard to keep our love alive."
Source: Lindsay Roberts, Richard Roberts. "No Distance in Love." MakeYourDayCount.com. 9/4/2009.
"A great American love story and marriage would last over 66 years. Down through the years, whenever Oral Roberts spoke publicly about his spouse, he referred to her as "my darling wife, Evelyn" which became a trademark for the couple and their ministry."
Source: Evelyn Lutman Roberts (1917-2005" FindAGrave.com.
Oral: "But I'm blessed. Evelyn is the opposite. She helps to quiet me down, and she is wise enough to wait until I'm in a mood to listen to her."
Source: Oral Roberts. When You See the Invisible, You Can Do the Impossible. 2005. pg. 98.
Oral: "Withholding sex from one another is defrauding each other. It's both wrong and incompatible with a scriptural married life, except for a mutually agreed on period of fasting and prayer (doing this together), and then resuming harmonious sex together."
Source: Oral Roberts. When You See the Invisible, You Can Do the Impossible. 2005. pg. 100.
Anne F. Downey: "About seven years ago, Evelyn suggested to Oral that each night before they go to bed, they should kiss each other seven times plus “two for the road,” and tell each other anything they would want to have said if one of them died. At the memorial service, Oral Roberts recounted that the night before Evelyn’s injury, she came over to his chair, took her seven kisses plus two, and said “I love you, honey.” He replied, “Evelyn, darling, I love you. Have a good night.”
Source: Anne F. Downey, Esq. "In Memory of Evelyn Roberts." CWFA.org. 5/22/2005.
Oral: "I have a wonderful wife, Evelyn. Evelyn is getting prettier every day and sweeter every day."
Source: David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Oral Roberts: an American Life. 1985. pg. 315.
Evelyn: "He bragged on me when we were in the public. He never said anything bad about me, never once. he's not an angel either. But let me tell you what I've tried to do ... I have tried to reward him for that. Because I really appreciate hearing a man say beautiful things about his wife."
Source: David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Oral Roberts: an American Life. 1985. pg. 348.
Evelyn: "There are two things he [Oral] can do and one of them is preach. And the other one is he knows how to love me. Thank the Lord he does because there are very few other things he knows how to do."
Source: David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Oral Roberts: an American Life. 1985. pg. 351.