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.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jan. 17, 2021.