Obituaries Elsie Jean Sellen

Elsie Jean Sellen


FORT SCOTT — Elsie Jean Sellen, 93, Fort Scott, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at Guest Home Estates, Fort Scott.

She was born June 16, 1927, in Whiting, the daughter of Clifton and Grace (Koger) Belden. She married William Walker Sellen July 13, 1947, in Topeka, and he preceded her in death June 14, 2015.

Elsie graduated from Whiting High School in 1945. She later graduated from Clark’s Business School in Topeka, and went on to manage a restaurant, a deli and a hearing aid company. She was a member of the Wakarusa Presbyterian Church and attended the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott. Elsie served as Worthy Matron of the Beulah Chapter of O.E.S. of Carbondale, and she sang with the “Sweet Adelines” in Topeka until she was 80 years of age, and sang with them at Carnegie Hall.

In addition to her husband, William, Elsie was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Minnie Belden, and a brother, Walter Belden.

Elsie is survived by her children, Patricia Harry (Steve), Fort Scott, Richard Sellen, Olathe, Marcia Sellen (Richard DeVoe), Gladstone, Mo., and Pamela Miller (Ross), Houston, Texas; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, Rev. Steve Cole will conduct memorial services 11 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Elsie will be buried with her husband in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Whiting. Condolences may left at

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