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Celebrating the life of
Elizabeth "Bettie" Sieni DeBruhl
January 16, 1961 - September 16, 2014
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm - Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Remembrances
  • 6:00pm - Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Lacey, There are so many things I want to say but the most important of all is that I am so sorry for your loss. We did not part on the best of terms, which was mostly my fault but I dearly loved your mother and she was an awesome friend. I know you will get through this and we are always praying for and thinking of you! Trent and The One World family.

Trent Daniel, Houston, Tx

Elizabeth “Bettie” Sieni DeBruhl, age 53, died on Tuesday, the 16th of September 2014, after a brave, nine-month fight with cancer. Bettie was born on the 16th of January 1961, in Washington, D.C. to the late Lele Sieni Gaisoa DeBruhl and Paul Benton DeBruhl. She graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in DC, where she was in the Drama Club. She attended the University of Houston, where she studied Drama and Language. At UH she was head of the Program Council, famously picking up Tom Waits from the airport.

She began her career at Continental Airlines in the telephone reservations department, and quickly joined the ranks of management doing special projects in Continental’s Marketing Programs department. She was brought on full-time by the department, and worked first in Product Development with her dear friend/mean boss Kathleen Boyd – where she played an important role in the airline’s re-branding – and then in Advertising. She was hired away by Fogarty Klein Monroe (Bill & Rich), where she found her true métier, Public Relations.

She had a brilliant 19-year career at FKM, working her way up to Vice President, Public Relations, and then Senior Vice President and General Manager, and winning all manner of awards, including PRSA Excaliburs. Her fortunate clients included Subway (she MADE Jared), Cordúa Restaurants, Randalls Food Market, Dr. Gail Gross, Wholesome Sweeteners, St. Arnold’s Brewing Company, PULSE Network, and the Breakfast Klub. She left FKM to start her own firm, BDB PR, which she ran for three years. In October 2013, she joined Gilbreath Communications to work for her good friend Audrey Gilbreath; there she served as Vice President of Marketing Communications. Audrey was a loyal and understanding boss, who supported Bettie in her fight against cancer. Bettie astonishingly worked throughout her several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.

Left with such a legacy of love and fond memories are her children, Damien Denes of Houston, Texas and Lacey Huckaby of Doha, Qatar; her brothers Joe Faiumu of Auckland, New Zealand, Paul S. DeBruhl (Khalil) of Washington, DC; her sister Adrienne Dawson Giles of Washington, D.C.; her sister-in-law Ernestine DeBruhl (Taqwa) and a host of very loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers Steven DeBruhl (Al-Hajj Muadh Abdul Rahman), and David DeBruhl (Dawud Ahmed Sharrief).

Bettie was a beautiful, bigger-than-life character with an amazing sense of humor. She was a master of public relations, possessed of a brilliant and strategic mind. She had a lust for life and a sense of fun that enriched many lives. She was a fabulous cook, loved to flirt and party, and was a nurturing mother to her children and their friends.

Friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances of Bettie from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Saturday, the 20th of September, at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston. A service of remembrance will commence at six o’clock in the Garden Room.

Bettie loved flowers and would appreciate all of them that are sent.

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Lacey, There are so many things I want to say but the most important of all is that I am so sorry for your loss. We did not part on the best of terms, which was mostly my fault but I dearly loved your mother and she was an awesome friend. I know you will get through this and we are always praying for and thinking of you! Trent and The One World family.

Trent Daniel, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Stacey McBride-Irby — California

Candle tribute lit by Joanne Melton — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Trent and Sarah Daniel — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Ted Bowen — Texas


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