In Memory of
Brenda Kay Lawless DeBlance

Brenda Kay Lawless DeBlance went to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.  Brenda was born on November 2, 1949, to Essell Fred Lawless and Linnie Ruth Garland Lawless in Shreveport, LA.  She is survived by her husband of nearly 48 years, Lynn DeBlance; her daughter Kay Lynn Eck and husband Robert Eck of Mansfield, TX; her daughter Kimberly Ann Davidson and husband Eric Davidson of Redondo Beach, CA; her five grandchildren, Ellie, Emerson and Whitman Eck and Penny and Sam Davidson; her sisters, Rita Sue Payne of DeBerry, TX, and Norma Dianne Lawless of Kilgore, TX; and nieces, nephews, and many, many additional relatives and dear friends.
Brenda graduated from Elysian Fields High School as valedictorian of her class, being active in varsity basketball, band, twirling, and receiving numerous academic awards, including advancing to state level competition in math.  After receiving her Associate Degree in 1969 at Panola College, where she was again active in both sports and academic groups, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1973 with high honors and with being awarded the Accounting Excellence Award by the Texas Society of CPA’s.  Her education was interrupted because of health issues and extensive aggressive medical treatment, but she pushed on and never stopped moving forward with accomplishments throughout her life!

Brenda and Lynn were married on December 17, 1972, and she moved to Houston to begin her career with a small business and to make their home together.  After achieving her CPA certification in 1975, she started her own private practice until retirement in 2010.  Brenda was an excellent mother to her two daughters – devoting her whole self to their well-being and development.  She was committed to encouraging and supporting her daughters in all parts of their lives whether it be sports, extracurricular activities, education and then later in their lives was there for the birth and care of her grandchildren.  She exuded love, grace, excellence, thoughtfulness, and faith to all who had the privilege of knowing her.  She was always active in church, civic, and school activities—including, of course, the guidance of and participation in every aspect of her children’s lives.
After moving to Sugar Land in 1991, membership at Christ United Methodist Church was quickly established. Brenda thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful fellowship of Christ Church, the members of the Weavers Sunday School Class, being a long-time member of the Care Team, and participating in various church Mission Projects. She also cherished her service to Fort Bend Family Promise, where she became one of their very first volunteers.  Her many years of serving as a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hospital was rewarding to her as well.  Brenda faced very many significant and challenging medical situations throughout her lifetime, though many were unaware because she always had a smile on her face and a strength of spirit in her heart.  Brenda’s faith in Christ sustained her and enabled her to show witness to God’s love to others in many beautiful ways.  This love was especially clear in her love for her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in her honor and memory either to the Fort Bend Family Promise, 4645 Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, Tx 77459 or to the Christ United Methodist Church Foundation, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, Tx 77479.  Her family and loved ones convey appreciation to all our friends for their expressions of care and concern.  A private remembrance ceremony will be held by her family at her childhood church at a later date.

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Fort Bend Family Promise
4645 Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Website Link

Christ United Methodist Church Foundation
3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, 77479. Website Link


Message from
Lani Wheeler
Mon, 12/28/2020

Brenda was a wonderful person and friend, I will miss our lunches and long talks.
She loved her family so much and was very proud of her girls and their families. We
always talked about family. It was nice to finally meet her sisters at Kim's wedding and
I did have the pleasure of meeting her mothers years before. We had a very long
friendship and it will be missed. Love and prayers to Lynn, Kay, Kim and families

Message from
Norma Lawless
Wed, 12/30/2020

She was simply the greatest! Excellent in every category I can think of, and . . . I knew her every step of the way as her older sister. Our hearts ache at the loss of her.

Message from
Roseann Johnson
Wed, 01/06/2021

I only recently learned of Brenda’s passing. I will miss her smile on Sunday mornings. She always down played her health problems. She was suffering more than anyone knew. My heart goes out to her faithful husband who is also a pillar at our church. Praying for God to get you through this time of grief. I’m so glad you were together 48 years.