Elizabeth "Bettie" Sieni DeBruhl, age 53, died on Tuesday, the
16th of September 2014, after a brave, nine-month fight with
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 (1979), 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.