Ellen McDermott

Ellen J. McDermott, 70, of rural Chautauqua, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 at her home.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Gregg Theatre. Contributions can be left in care of Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, KS 67361. To leave a message for the family or read the obituary, please go to www.dickensfuneral.com. Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on May 13, 1951 in Bethany, Mo., to Fred Dale and Phylus (Judd) Dale. She graduated from Ord (Neb.) High School in 1969.

She married James “Jim” McDermott on Jan. 7, 1970 in Brooklyn, Mo. They made their home in several states while Jim was pursuing his medical career. The majority of their life was spent in Cedar Vale.

Ellen was an accomplished artist. She named the People’s Place in Cedar Vale and was the co-founder with Ralph Matthews, was a past member of the Cedar Vale City Council, the Cedar Vale Historical Society and the Chautauqua County Art Association, and was the former owner of the Prairie Pub in Chautauqua. Ellen was sassy and had a unique sense of humor!

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jan Milham, and her mother and father-in-law, Dr. Bernard and Donna (Pontious) McDermott.

She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” McDermott, D.O., of rural Chautauqua; two sons, Lucas McDermott and wife, Karla, of Winfield, and Justin McDermott and girlfriend, Tori, of Sedan; two brothers, Jim Dale and wife, Rae, of Arkansas City, and John Dale and wife, Janet, of Cedar Vale; three grandchildren, Baylie, Holden and Maxson; longtime friends, Ronnie and Faye Melton, of Cedar Vale; and many other family and friends.