Marjorie Lois Chaplin
October 16, 1923 –April 1, 2021

Mom was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to William and Margret Kinkaid, she had one older brother, William “Red” Kinkaid. She was proud of her Scotland, England, German and Cherokee heritage.

Mom married our father, James Ulmer, in 1940. In 1946 the family moved to Placerville. In 1950 the family moved to southern Humboldt, near the little town of Phillipsville.

Our parents divorced in 1960.

Our mom met and married Henry Chapman in 1963. They both were great cooks and leased two small cafés for a few years – one in Phillipsville, and the last one in Miranda: “The Chuck Wagon” They collected antiques and old glass and had fun finding a treasure. Henry passed away from kidney disease in 1973. Great person, missed by all.

Mom met and married Raymond “Bud“ Chaplin in Fortuna about 1978. They enjoyed wood working projects and spending time at the cabin in Ruth, planting a garden and lots of flowers. Bud Chaplin, one of the nicest people to know, he passed away in 1998.

Mom was a person who would help someone in need. She was an excellent role model for her children. Always there to help or listen to give her love and opinion if asked.

Some times you didn’t have to ask, you got her opinion anyway. Wonderful mother.

Mom lost two children, infant Robert Ulmer in 1945, and David Ulmer in 2019. Three stepsons, Hank Chapman Jr., John Chapman and Tom Chapman,.

Mom is survived by her children, Don Ulmer and wife Ceil and family of Appomattox, Virginia, Judy and spouse John Peterson and family of Arcata, Albert Ulmer and wife Julane and family of Colville, Washington. Daughters in law Peggy Ulmer of Fortuna, and Tracey Chapman of New Castle, California, Bob Kinkaid and family of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, fifteen grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.

Thank you to Hospice of Humboldt for making the last week of her life pain free and comfortable. No service will be held at her request.


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