Ellen Kenchanh

Ellen Elizabeth Kenchanh (Somsavath)

Sunday, January 12th, 1964 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
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Ellen Elizabeth Kenchanh, 57, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne, IN. Born on Jan. 12, 1964 in Vientiane, Laos, she was the daughter of Vang and Sai (Sou) Somsavath. In 1975, the family moved to Thailand to escape communism. Ellen immigrated to Fort Wayne in July 1976, where her family was sponsored by Bethlehem Lutheran Church to come to the United States as refugees at the age of 12. She graduated from South Side High School in 1984, and went on to become a hair stylist after graduating from Four Winds Hair Academy of Fort Wayne. Ellen went on to become the owner of Hair Gallery LTD since 2004. Ellen was extremely kind and generous, always very inviting and made everyone feel like family. She loved to cook and share her food. Ellen was the life of the party, full of spunk and wit, and she had enough love to overfill the hearts of all who knew her. She loved fashion, and always had the most beautiful hair. She is loved and missed by many and in the words of Ellen don't forget "You're my favorite!". Ellen will be lovingly remembered by her husband Kham; son, Brandon Kenchanh; daughter, Alexa Kenchanh; sister Janis (Mark) Lam; brother, Lee (Kanitha) Somsavath; and 6 nieces and nephews; and 9 cousins. She was preceded in death by her Father Vang (Sai) Somsavath. Service is 3pm, Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. with calling 3 hours prior beginning at 12:00 pm. To sign the online guestbook, go to
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 3:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Michael Smith

Posted at 11:35am
I met Ellen in the past year. She always had a smile and was enjoyable to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kham and the rest of her family.

Debbie Dechert

Posted at 03:22pm
Ellen was truly one of a kind. Her heart was bigger than most and she was loved by more people than anyone I know. She had the gift of gab...she could and would talk to anyone. And Ellen had the gift of making people around her a priority. She wasn't afraid to go the extra mile to accommodate others or go out of her way to make them feel special. you went from Stranger to a friend in a short time...that was Ellen. Her customers were never just a "customer", they were friends, family. She made my family a part of hers warming, birthday parties, etc. Sharing food, stories, laughter, tears on the driveway....a lifetime of memories we shared. She loved my family like her own and I was so grateful for her friendship and support over the years. We lost an amazing woman, but God got one of HIS Favorite! Celebrate her life, cherish your memories. I wish I could tell you that the pain goes away, it just gets easier to bare. Honor her by living your life to the fullest. Ellen loved life, but she loved her family more. I may be miles away, but I will always be available if you need anything. Praying for you all.

Brad & Paige Lombard

Posted at 06:33pm
With our deepest sympathies
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Nick and Kayla Mahasena

Posted at 02:45pm
Sending you all our condolences and prayers for Aunt Ellen. We will always remember her kindness to Nick and his family.
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