Betty Jean Crochet Bruney

September 13, 1938 ~ June 3, 2024

Betty Jean Bruney, 85, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024. She was born on September 13, 1938, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Cleveland and Mabel Ewing Crochet.

Betty was a 1957 graduate of Marion High School. She attended McNeese State University. She Owned and operated Bruney’s Interiors for 30 years. In 1973, Betty was the first female to run for Lake Charles City Council, and actively pursued positive change for the community.

She was a faithful member of St. Margaret Catholic Church, serving as lay minister and lector. She was Head Coordinator for the St. Henry Catholic Church shelter for the homeless. As a Catholic Charismatic, Betty dedicated herself to healing others. She often counseled those in pain and in need of prayer. She became an active member of the Teresian Sisterhood of Nuns where she ministered to all who requested love and acceptance. Betty dedicated her life to supporting all of God’s children regardless of their history – she was known for listening, discerning and empathizing regardless of the request.

Those left to cherish her memory are, her children, Gavin Bruney (Catherine) of Nederland, TX, Kevin Bruney of Tyler, TX, Teresita Rozas (Jerry Hoover) of Lake Charles, and Sarita Scheufens (Will) of Lake Charles; twelve grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; Cleveland Crochet and Mable Sonnier, her husband, Gerald Bruney, and her son, Leonard Bruney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Msgr. Jace Eskind will serve as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 4:00 PM on the evening of Wednesday, June 5 in the Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles Chapel, and will continue until 7:00 PM, with a rosary being recited at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume at 9:00 AM on Thursday morning in the funeral home and will continue until leaving in procession to the church for 10:00 AM mass.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles, especially to the many Priests whom she cherished.

Monetary gifts will be collected and offered to the Catholic Church in the giver’s name, in honor of Betty.


Visitation: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Thursday, June 6, 2024
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, June 6, 2024
10:00 am

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
5495 Elliott Road.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. So very sorry to hear Betty passed away she was a class behind me she was very sweet Rena and I stood in her and Gerald’s wedding

  2. Momo always made sure to tell let me know how much she loved me. That real grandmotherly love.

  3. Betty loved Jesus with all her being, and she loved others and the Church with her whole heart. She affirmed every person and treated them like beloved family members. She had expectant faith, so many of her prayers were answered. She even prayed over her cars when they seemed to be giving her trouble, and they kept on going! She prayed with many who received consolation and healing. She was a woman of determination, perseverance, kindness, and gratitude. She cared for and served so many people, sometimes in unique and creative ways, like a progressive window cleaning for women in her support group. Who but Betty could have known how much fun and joy that would bring! Ed and I will miss you, Betty. We are better for having shared life with you, and so is the Kingdom of God.

  4. Praying for strength for today and comfort in the days ahead, knowing how much Ms. Betty meant so much to many. Heaven gained another Angel!

  5. Praying for strength for today and comfort in the days ahead, knowing how much Ms. Betty meant so much to many. Heaven gained another Angel!

  6. Candle 1Wonderful memories of your Mom – she was always remembered as a gracious and loving someone – my prayers and thoughts are with the Bruney Family…

  7. I had the privilege of knowing Betty as one of the most beautiful lady I have ever met. Her love for her wonderful family and faith was beyond measure. To know her was to love her.
    Yolanda Bruney, Levi and Luke

  8. Candle 1We are sharing y’all’s loss with our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. May faith and loving memories carry y’all through this difficult time. It was a great pleasure knowing Mrs. Betty over the years and we loved having her for our dear friend. May she Rest In Peace now, in her Heavenly Home, with all her loved ones and friends and the Angels and Saints. Amen🙏🏻

  9. Candle 4Your mother had such a beautiful soul. She had such a strong faith and love for our Lord which could be felt and seen. I will always have fond memories of her. God gained another saint. I pray God comforts you all during this time of loss.

  10. I love Mrs. Bruney very much. I met her when I was a student at St. Margaret. She took in two Cuban children during the Cuban missile crisis, Miguel Maria. She was so very kind and devoted to everyone. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. I can’t wait to see her again in Heaven.

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