Ellen L. Maplesden

Ellen L. Maplesden May 29,1947 - December 10, 2012 NORWICH - Ellen L. (Anderson) Maplesden, 65, passed away at her home on December 10, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Ellen was born May 29,1947 in New London, CT. She was the daughter of Rita (Peckham) Anderson and the late Robert Anderson. Ellen was predeceased on August 29th 2011 by her loving husband of 40 years Charles "Chuck" Maplesden, Jr. Ellen grew up in New London and attended New London Schools. Ellen worked at Seifretts Bakery, Bradlees and Roberts Electronics. She was an extreme lover of nature and animals where she faithfully fed the birds and the deer in her yard for over 25 years. Ellen loved bowling and was a league member at the Norwich Ten Pin Bowl. She was passionate about crafting and enjoyed working in the yard and going to the casino. Ellen and Chuck enjoyed line dancing and were avid boaters for many, many years where they owned their boat "Lady Ellen" at Spicer's Marina. What she treasured most in life was her family. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved spending time with them and was always there to take care of them. She is survived by her mother Rita Anderson, whom she made her home with for 65 years, her mother-in-law Loretta Maplesden, her sisters Rita Hill and husband Ed of Waterford and Bobbie Kirchner and husband Joe of Plainfield, and her devoted family dog, "Sandy". She leaves behind many cousins, including her Sister Cousin, Donna Peckham of New London. In addition, she is survived by two nieces and four nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Donations can be made in memory of Ellen to Backus Hospital, Humane Society, or to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. The funeral and burial will be private. The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilan funeralhome.com

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Dec. 12, 2012