Obituary of Ellen Chaplin

Ellen Roberta Chaplin, age 67, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Monday, June 29, 2020, at the home of her daughter in Ft. Scott.

She was born October 1, 1952, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Robert Wiggans and Doris Spaur Wiggans.

Ellen graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1970.

She first married David Hathaway on May 29, 1969, and to this union, two daughters, Rachel and Rhonda where born.  David and Ellen later divorced, and Ellen married Raymond Chaplin on September 2, 1981.  At this time, three more children, Chris, Kim and Jeff were added to the family.  Raymond and Ellen later divorced.

Ellen had been employed by Head Start, Key Work Clothes and Valu Merchandisers.  Her last place of employment was at Tri-Valley Developmental Services where she had worked in client services.

Ellen enjoyed crocheting and doing cross-stitch.  She loved her family dearly and enjoyed the many times spent with family and friends.


Survivors include her two daughters, Rachel Thompson and Rhonda Cole and husband, Ben, all of Ft. Scott; three step-children, Chris Chaplin and wife, Stephanie, Kim Wright and husband, Jay and Jeff Chaplin; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is a brother, Richard Wiggans and wife, Dorothy and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Wiggans and Doris Pellett and a brother, Mark Wiggans.


Graveside services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 2nd at the Clarksburg Cemetery.

Friends and family may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Appropriate social distancing will be practiced.  Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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