Elizabeth DeBakey
Elizabeth DeBakey
  • April 1, 1929 - September 6, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Elizabeth (Betty) Ann DeBakey passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
Betty was born on April 1, 1929 in Des Moines, Iowa to Rosarina and Mariano Fazio. After graduating from Lincoln High School, Betty met the love of her life, Alfred DeBakey, at Tromar Ballroom. After a brief and loving courtship, Betty and Al married on January 5, 1952. After their last child was born, they moved to Houston, Texas, where they planted their roots, raised their family, traveled the world, and danced through life together.
Betty was a devout Catholic, sending her children to Catholic school and attending Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church. Mom and Dad started the "cup of friendship" program at church where they formed life-long friends.
While her youngest kids attended St. Michael School, Betty was a volunteer nurse, chaperone and field trip driver in addition to attending daily Mass. As her kids got older, Mom enjoyed traveling all around the world with Dad. Betty had a love for music and dancing. Mom spent many Saturday nights dancing at the Warwick Club, and later at the Petroleum Club with friends they met along the way.
After Dad died, Mom remained active in the community. She was President of the Methodist Auxiliary Club now known as Houston Methodist Hospital Auxiliary where she met two of the most amazing ladies and life-long friends, Rachel Villarreal and Janie Bernal. Mom also caught the Astros fever and became the #1 Astros Fan! She loved the Astros and was often seen on the home dugout wall talking to the players. Nearly every home game, Mom would invite her kids, grandkids, best friends, or neighbors to accompany her to the game. She truly had a love for the game!
Betty is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Alfred DeBakey, her parents, her brother Gasper Fazio, and her son Joseph DeBakey. She is survived by her oldest brother, Anthony Fazio, and her daughters, Rosanna Borsch and husband Steve; Diana Sparks and husband Terry; Sharon Droubi and husband AJ; Mary Solcher and husband Tom; and Joe's wife Rebecca. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren: Craig, Christina, Johnathan, and Catherine Droubi; Jennifer Sparks; Shelby, Matthew and Brandon Solcher; and Isobel and Syriah DeBakey; she is also survived by great-grandson, Carson Droubi.
The family would like to thank all the people who cared for Betty in her final years, especially Dr. Mohammed Attar, MD, and his entire office staff. Dr. Attar became a close friend to Betty and her entire family. We also thank the staff at Dialyspa located on Braeswood for their compassion and care. In addition, the family wishes to thank the staff on the 8th floor of Jones Building of Methodist Hospital, along with the special and loving care the entire staff at Houston Hospice provided.