Ellen has been the recipient of many awards and distinguished honors. She has been recognized by a number of organizations, including but not limited to the following:
* MISSOURI WRITERS GUILD: Ellen won twelve (12) first-place awards in a variety of categories.
* WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA: Ellen was the winner of three (3) finalist awards.
* ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA: Ellen received The Faulty Alumni Award in 1981.
* In 1995, Ellen was honored to be one of the first inductees into the WRITERS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA.
* In 2012, Ellen was one of five honorees included on the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's WALL OF HONOR in Lebanon, Missouri. Each was recognized for bringing honor to the community through their lifetime achievements.
* WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA: Ellen received the prestigious Spur Award for 2014 in the category of Juvenile Fiction for her book PAPA'S GOLD.