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Betty Jo White

May 6, 2015
Lake Placid News

Betty Jo White, 78, of Lake Placid, died suddenly at her home on Friday, May 1, 2015.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1936, in Dover, Florida, the daughter of Robert J. Ebeling and Helen Marie (Rishel) Dukes.

She is survived by her son Charles C. "Chuck" White of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; two daughters: Cheri Fortune and husband Frederick "FJ" Fortune of Lake Placid, and Christina Carlson and husband Olaf Carlson of Lake Placid; her brother Michael Ebeling of Ocala, Florida; and two sisters: Patricia Ball and husband Fred Ball of Canton, Georgia, and Sharon Harrell of Winter Haven, Florida. She was a loving grandmother to grandchildren Tyler Daby, Kelsey White, Kalie White, Tyler Fortune, Teagan Fortune, Elizabeth Fortune, Grace Carlson, Alida Carlson, Jesse Carlson, Elijah Carlson, Joseph Carlson and great-grandchild Adrianna White.

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In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Charles F. White, her sister Margaret "Peggy" Denis and her brother Robert "Butch" Ebeling Jr.

Betty had a rich history filled with many lively stories. She spent her early years working in several historic American hotels, including the Lake Placid Club. She also worked at Howard Johnson's Restaurant, in different retail stores in Lake Placid and later as a homemaker. She was most happy when she was spending time with her family, gardening or hunting for treasures at garage sales. She missed her calling to be an architect since she almost always had a building project in progress or was designing one on paper.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8 at the M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home with Father Soos officiating. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for spiritual bouquets of prayers, especially in the form of offering a Catholic Mass for the repose of her soul. Donations can also be made in her memory to High Peaks Hospice.

Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, prayer or leave online condolances at



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