Eleanor graduated from Boones Creek High School in 1961 and went on to earn her B.S. from East Tennessee State University majoring in Home Economics. She obtained her M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Nutrition Education and Dietetics.
Eleanor worked as a Registered Dietitian in hospitals in North Carolina and as a consultant in hospitals and commercial food services. Now retired, Eleanor sometimes works as a greeter at Evergreen in Johnson City. She enjoys flower and gourd gardening, church work, and Boones Creek Historical Trust activities.