Betty Jean DeBruhl Butcher

Betty Jean DeBruhl Butcher, 92, of Dayton passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Betty was born March 22, 1926 in Raywood, Texas to parents, William and Beulah Jowers DeBruhl.

Services for Mrs. Butcher will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Interment will follow at Linney Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Pace-Stancil. Serving as pallbearers will be Brian Brightwell, Ivan Brightwell, Preston Wendel, Kale Rives, Dylon Smart, and Mike Rives.

Betty was a lifelong resident of Liberty County and had lived in Dayton for over 70 years where she raised her family. A devoted mother and grandmother she always loving supported her family by attending all of their activities through the years. Mrs. Butcher enjoyed sewing, traveling and being a member of the Liberty County Line Dancers. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church. Before her retirement she worked at Waldrop Ford in Liberty and Trinity Valley Tractors in Dayton.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ivan Douglas Butcher, Sr., brother, Bill DeBruhl and sister, Elizabeth Brown. She is survived by her son, Doug Butcher; daughter, Diane Brightwell and Gary; grandchildren, Deann Rives and Mike, Buddie Smart and David, Felicia Worthy and Jim, Brian Brightwell and Wendi, Ivan Brightwell and Jennifer, and Danielle Brightwell-Wendel and Preston; great-grandchildren, Kale and Kennedy Rives, Dylon and MaKinnley Smart, Jaxson and Brazos Brightwell, Drake and Colt Brightwell, Mason, Landon, Olivia and Lillian Wendel; also numerous other relatives and friends.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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