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Ellen Lora Vaughn of Issaquah, Wash., formerly of Yellow Springs, died peacefully at home on Nov. 12, in the company of her sister, Lesley. She was 62.

Ellen was born in Xenia on March 24, 1950. She had a distinguished career, including starting her own public relations firm, and later working as a valued executive for Puget Power. Most recently, she was a travel agent with Costco Travel.

The youngest daughter of Bruce and Jessie McPhaden, Ellen is survived by sisters Lesley McPhaden of Virginia and Jean McPhaden of Florida; brothers Douglas McPhaden of Texas and David McPhaden of Ohio; and nine nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was beloved by many friends.

There will be a memorial gathering on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Issaquah Senior Center at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to one of the organizations listed on Ellen’s page on the CaringBridge website. Please sign the online guest book at


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