Cara Elizabeth "Betsy" Cameron
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Cara Elizabeth "Betsy" Ebert Cameron, courageously fighting Parkinson's, crossed over to debate and party with angels on January 4, 2021.

Betsy was born and raised in Cumberland, MD, the daughter of Elta Mae Schultz Ebert of Marion, IN, and Robert Little Ebert of Parkersburg, WV. She was the granddaughter of Frieda S. Schultz and Dr. John Schultz, and Cara Elizabeth Little Ebert, for whom she was named, and Johnson G. Ebert. Her paternal grandmother was active in the Women's Suffrage Movement, and was a member of the delegation of women who presented the 19th Amendment to the West Virginia Legislature for ratification.

In addition to her parents and grandparents, Betsy was predeceased by her younger brother Robert Little Ebert, Jr. She is survived by her husband Barry Jerome Smith, sisters Nancy Ebert Scott (David Henderson), and Maria Ebert Hardinger (Harold); nieces Elizabeth L. Scott (Jens Ludwig), Catharine D. Scott, Cara E. Hardinger, and Emily Ann H. Moore (Alex); grand-nieces Annika and Willa Ludwig and Riley and Alice Moore; stepdaughters Jennifer J. Smith-Slabaugh (Andy), and Stephanie A. Wilson (Alan); and granddaughters Shea A. Clarey, Morgan L. Clarey, and grandson T. Quinn Slabaugh.

Growing up in Cumberland, Betsy was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. During school holidays, Betsy, along with her sisters, worked at the S.T. Little Jewelry Co., founded in Cumberland by her great, great grandfather in 1851, and owned and operated by four generations of the family for 120 years.

An ebullient child, Betsy was always full of ideas. While in middle school, she decided that the family needed a vegetable garden, so she and her younger sister Maria planned and maintained the garden for several years, until their mother took it over.

Betsy graduated from Allegany High School in Cumberland, Md., where she was the drum majorette for the high school band. She earned her BS in Speech at Northwestern University. While there, since she was six feet tall, she was a member of the Chicago Tall Club. She won the "Miss Tall Chicago" contest, and modeled clothes for tall women. She also acted in summer stock plays at Ball State Univ. and had an internship at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.

After college, while living with her sister Nancy in Durham, NC, she worked in advertising, appearing in television commercials for a local dairy. During the advertising campaign, a larger-than-life poster of Betsy, sipping milk, was on the sides of Durham city buses!

Betsy went from modeling, and pursuing a weather anchor career to becoming a radio engineer and radio station VP, co-owning various entertainment venues, then decided to pursue law school. She graduated from NOVA University and became a kick-ass attorney working with too many ventures to name individually. She helped establish, run and consult with radio and other communication businesses all over the United States. She also helped to establish the thriving Himmarshee entertainment district.

She was a brilliant, dedicated, and hard-working attorney that loved her work. Over the years, she worked with wonderful partners and friends such as Joe and Winnie Amaturo, Lawrence Amaturo, Joe Barnes, Jim Coppersmith and many others. She was strong and dedicated supporter of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and Sister Cities of Ft. Lauderdale, serving on the board of directors and in officer roles for many years.

Mere words can not describe the love and all the wonderful times that Betsy and her soulmate and true love Barry shared together. They ran several businesses, traveled around the world, partied, skied, cruised, worked out, drank good wine and read together for 23 years. She was extra delighted that Barry expanded her family and over time, she became fun and fabulous "Glam-ma" to her three grandchildren whom she saw as much as possible.

Betsy was a bright light and illuminated every room she was in with her joyful, intelligent and vivacious spirit. She will be missed dearly by Barry, family members and best friends including Dave and Mary Wilson, Fran Arnold, Beth Eskesen, and all others who knew and loved her.

The family would like to give extra special thanks to the Nicole Florez and Vernique Grey, along with; Hugh Corbin, Martita Francisco, Kelly Painter, Lidia Pennalver, and all the others that helped keep her vim and vigorous over the past four years.

An intimate family gathering was held on January 10 and a larger, more elaborate celebration of her life (befitting of her style) will be held once the pandemic allows. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Sister Cities of Ft. Lauderdale, or to an organization close to your heart.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
I would see and speak with Betsy at the Film Festival and other Savor Events. She was lovely and left an indelible mark on those she was near. She really did light up a room and she cast that light on whoever she was speaking with. Such a lovely woman. Sincere condolences to Barry and her family.
Linda Patterson
Acquaintance
January 19, 2021
I have known Betsy all my life- 12 ys of school together and she was always an overachiever and outstanding. When she entered a room people noticed- not just because she was tall but because she brought energy and vivaciousness with her. Her family was lovely. Thank you Barry for your steadfast loyalty and caregiving- we are all grateful. So many memories— such a loss to this world of ours. Another light has gone out.
Ruth Anne Geppert
Friend
January 18, 2021
RIP My dearest MISS BETS. Missed you dearly
Vern
Friend
January 18, 2021
Betsy was very unique and interesting soul. I remember riding bikes on the canal with Mary Ann and friends at the reunion before last. Barry was a character too and they were a lot of fun. We will all miss her smile and energy.
Rich Johnson
Classmate
January 18, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Hugh
Friend
January 18, 2021
She was our classmate class of 64 Allegany High School ,Cumberland,Md always a smile and fun to be around ,don't think she ever met a stranger rest in peace dear friend.You were loved by many.
Phyllis -Day_Frost
January 18, 2021
I have known Betsy since 1968 when she was graduating from Northwester University. We worked together for 50 years. Betsy was always there for our projects. Betsy built the first commercial FM Stereo broadcasting station in Panama City Central American. In the early 70’s Betsy created a business for USA broadcasters to trade in obsolete tube type equipment and resell it in Central and South America thereby helping thereby helping our southern neighbors start radio stations they otherwise would have been unable to establish. During the 70’s she was responsible for assisting in establishing over 100 new station in remote areas of Central and South America. Betsy was always very generous with her talents and time always pitching in with her hands and experience world wide to help underprivileged broadcasters . Betsy was extremely smart, attractive and classy. She was a very special person to 100’s of people who never knew she was involved. We will all miss Betsy very much.
Ron Crider
Friend
January 17, 2021
We in Richmond have heard from Jen how faithfully and devotedly Barry took care of Betsy these last years. We know she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Chris and Rebekah DeRoco
Neighbor
January 17, 2021
What a wonderful tribute to an amazing person. I was the runt in the kindergarten class and still have pictures of Betsy standing next to me. She had loving parents and sisters who always encouraged her. The world was a better place to have had my friend Betsy in it.
Nancy Carscaden Ka
Classmate
January 17, 2021
Betsy was always fun to be with, ready to try new adventures with enthusiasm and a smile. She was lovingly cared for these past years by her husband Barry. I know she is in Heaven adding to the celestial joy.
Bonnie Barnes
Friend
January 17, 2021
Betsy was a fabulous & fun friend! We had many memorable times with friends in Ft. Lauderdale, on Cape Cod, & in Sonoma, CA after I moved there. I’ve missed seeing her the last few years, but I’m thankful she is now in a better place, no doubt kicking up her heels with the more colorful angels!
Nancy (Kvittem) LaRochelle
Friend
January 17, 2021
Betsy had a gracious way of making everyone around her feel better about themselves. Her optimism, enthusiasm and encouragement helped guide me during some very difficult personal and professional years. She was INSTRUMENTAL in my broadcasting efforts and accomplishments.

I will always remain thankful to her. I will always miss her. Lawrence
Lawrence Amaturo
Friend
January 17, 2021
I went to law school with Betsy and later worked together on Downtown FTL Special Entertainment Sistrict issues. She was always such a joy and willing to help. I am so sorry to learn of her passing and send my best wishes to her family. A huge loss indeed.
Dennis Haas
Acquaintance
January 17, 2021
Betsy and I served together on the Boards of Directors for the Hampton Beach Club and Our-Art-by-the-sea Art Association for years. What was impressive about Betsy was her ability to lead with a firm, fair, just and uplifting influence. Betsy’s quiet but influential character abruptly reset the conversations when they became unproductive or angry. Betsy was a good listener and a good neighbor. We will miss Betsy and her leadership in our HBC community.
David & Sheila Kornbluh
Neighbor
January 17, 2021
Dear Barry and family:
My deepest condolences on the passing of Betsy. Unfortunately, we never had the opportunity to know her well. Please know we are thinking of you at this time. Karen Louis and Michael Sochaczevski HBC#310
Karen Louis
Friend
January 17, 2021
Betsy was a shining star at the Hampton Beach Club. We will miss her. She was a board member and an active participant in the community.
Barry was a loving dedicated caretaker.
We send our sincere condolences to her whole family.
Roberta and Larry Insel
Friend
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