Earthman Funeral Directors

8303 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX


Elizabeth Alexis Arnold

July 17, 1963September 23, 2012
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Elizabeth Alexis Arnold passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Houston. She died peacefully surrounded by friends and family after a short, but fierce, battle with pancreatic cancer. Just days before her death, Alexis, known as Betsy to her family and childhood friends, researched treatments that would help her gain strength so she could aggressively fight the cancer. While her body succumbed to the cancer, her spirit never did.

Alexis was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, the tenth of eleven children, and she grew up in Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father Daniel J. Arnold, sister Caryl, brother Jeffrey, and her beloved dog Riley. She is survived by her mother Eleanor Arnold, sisters Robie, Candice, Mary-Ellyn, Leslie and Tracy, brothers Bryan, Richard and Gregory, many nieces and nephews, and her adopted cat My. Alexis is also survived by many, many friends and colleagues whom she considered family. Alexis’s family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from her many caring friends and are forever thankful for the comfort that their messages and pictures provided to Alexis during the last weeks of her life.

Though she spent her childhood in Houston, Alexis’s heart belonged in Austin. She attended The University of Texas and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television & Film. While a student at Texas, Alexis participated in a successful effort to launch the student radio station KTSB. She also served on the Senate of College Councils representing the College of Communications. During her time at Texas, Alexis also began many friendships which lasted the rest of her life. Many fondly remember her small home in south Austin and her collection of vintage lunchboxes.

Alexis left Austin to continue her work in film and television production. She moved to New York City and quickly made a name for herself in the film industry. As a production manager, Alexis oversaw day-to-day operations of the film set, and she was particularly caring when it came to the food and comfort of artists and workers. Crew members loved and respected Alexis, and she is remembered fondly for the advice and guidance she shared with those new to the industry. She was a proud member of the Director’s Guild of America and has worked on critically acclaimed films such as “Lone Star”, “The Wrestler” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin”. She once received flowers from George Clooney.

Alexis loved all animals, but especially her dog Riley, adventure and living in New York City. During her time in New York, Alexis enjoyed knitting, baking, spending time with friends, and exploring the city. She had a wicked sense of humor, full of sarcasm and sass, and a razor sharp wit. A talented conversationalist and good listener, Alexis started many of her chats with the words “Tell me a story…”, and loved gossip of any kind.

During the last weeks of her life, Alexis’s brothers and sisters brought her to Houston and stayed with her around the clock to ensure that she was never alone. Alexis had many friends who traveled to Houston to be with her during her final moments, and these friends brought enormous comfort to Alexis and her family. While her physical presence may be gone, Alexis’s spirit will live forever in our hearts and we cherish our memories of her.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 27, 2012 in the Hunters Creek Chapel at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway Houston 77024. Friends and family will begin gathering at 6:00pm and the formal service will begin at 7:00pm.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 27, 2012
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 27, 2012


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J.D. Jacoby

January 15, 2013

On behalf of the Montana-based cast & crew of "Jimmy Picard", I wish to express our deepest condolences to the dear friends & family of Alexis Arnold. May each of you be comforted & blessed by pleasant & happy memories of this truly wonderful woman; one who left our film community all too soon. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to one of our own. May her spirit be one with the beauty & majesty of the many sacred places we share beneath this great western sky. -- J.D. Jacoby, On-Set Art, Montana Crew

Misty McDermott

October 21, 2012

Alexis never failed to make me laugh or to lend a word of encouragement. She is truly missed.

Sara Haynes

October 7, 2012

My heart goes out to Eleanor who has lost far too many of her children. I am very proud of our own Alexis Brooks Arnold Thompson who did an astonishing job of capturing the spirit of her own Aunt Alexis. And I want both my sister Jane and her husband Bryan Arnold to know that my thought are with them and the recent losses they have experienced, including my favorite dog ever - "Glory". Much love to Alexis, Nicole, and Colleen, and their parents - Jane and Bryan Arnold. - Sara McGaughran Haynes

Hardwrick Johnson

September 28, 2012

I will always remember Alexis Arnold she was my guest at NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM 2011, I will miss her dearly!

J.R. Craigmile

September 28, 2012

A piece of my heart has broken off but is with you Alexis, and when we meet again you have to give it back. I'm now relying on you to guide me through the rest of these days until I put you in a headlock and reclaim that piece of me you took. I can't wait to hear your laugh when I'm standing at the gates, that you've already opened wide open for me, and scream "Free Bird" at the top of your lungs. I love you Princess.

Carlo Nunez

September 27, 2012

Alexis was a "Breathe" of Fresh-Air whenever She came in to have her hair done in the West Village Salon where we met so very many years ago.
A compassionate woman, full of Joy and a "Wicked" sense of humor. We will miss her Forever.
Our Prayers are with the Arnold Family.
The Entire Staff of CarloMarcoStudio, New York

Karlen Gross

September 27, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Bethany Trombley

September 27, 2012

I'm so very sorry for your family's loss. God bless you.

Hannah Corbin

September 27, 2012

My deepest sympathies for all those who loved her, there were many! Her spirit lives on in each of us...let us hold on to the memories and be reminded of the gift her friendship was. Now someone, "tell me a story"...

Kelly Kearns

September 26, 2012

Arnold Family,
My life is better having laughed, smiled and listen to Betsy. We went to SFA together and had some great times. She was always full of "quick" remarks and laughs! I am truly honored to have known this gal. My heart hurts for you at this time..but she left such great memories....for you to all cherish!