ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- Elizabeth A. Cameron, 98, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at her residence.
Betty, as she was known, was born on April 25, 1914, in Defiance, Ohio, to parents Tellis and Minnie (Sutphen) Shaw. On August 2, 1941, she married Dr. James E. Cameron, who preceded her in death on March 1, 1988.
She is survived by her sons, James (Linda) Cameron of Plainsboro, N.J., and John Cameron of Laguna Hills, Calif.; daughters, Mary (Stephen) Lee of Defiance, Ohio, Marjorie Cameron of Cotati, Calif., and Sarah (James) Lerer of Inverness, Calif. Betty has two grandchildren, Christopher Lee of Akron, Ohio, and Jennifer (Scott) Miller of Kalida, Ohio; and three great-grandchildren, Grace, Heath and Madelyn Miller of Kalida.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dorothy Squire; a niece, Sally (Robert) Brown of Toledo; and a nephew, Richard (Pat) Squire of Defiance.
Betty was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and a member of the Altar Guild. She was also a member of Sorosis, the Kettenring Country Club and the Defiance Hospital Auxiliary. Along with raising her five children, she enjoyed playing bridge, golf and bowling.
Her passion was founding a school for the developmentally disabled. She worked tirelessly to start the Good Samaritan School in Defiance at a time before such schools were mandated by the state.
Betty and "Dr. Jim" moved from Defiance to Solana Beach, Calif., when he retired from his medical practice at the Defiance Clinic in 1973. After his death, she moved to the San Francisco area where she remained to be close to her daughters, Marjorie and Sarah. She will be sadly missed by her children and grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of her and her husband's lives will be held in Defiance at later date.