Eleanor Grace, the fourth daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells, was born April 30, 1916, at the Pivot near Wacousta, Michigan. She attended school in Wacousta and then moved to Eustis, Florida, where she graduated from high school. Like her sisters, Eleanor attended Florida State Womens College and graduated with a degree in music education. She later earned a Masters in Music from Northwestern University. As a graduation present for her Masters degree, her father W.C. Daniells bought her the finest violin he could find, a Claude Pierray violin made in the 1700′s. The violin is now owned by Eleanor’s niece Katy Webster.
Eleanor taught music at Culver Stockton College in Missouri. She then accepted a position to teach in the Escuela Americana in El Salvador and taught there for several years. At the end of her assignment there, her sisters Mary and Betty and I flew to El Salvador and drove back with her through El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. We had many adventures in her four passenger Austin Cambridge.
Eleanor never married, but she was very close to her 11 nieces and nephews.
Eleanor taught for one year at the University of Tampa and then transferred to East Tennessee State University where she taught in the music education department until her retirement. She then moved to Bishops Glenn Retirement Home in Holly Springs, Florida, where she had an apartment near her sister Mary. She selected an apartment with an over-sized living room to accommodate her large Baldwin grand piano.
Besides her work at the University, throughout her life Eleanor was involved in P.E.O. and with the Presbyterian Church. Up until shortly before her death, she played the organ at her church in Daytona Beach. She also played the piano for chapel at Bishops Glenn. She played the viola de gamba and the recorder in various musical societies.
Eleanor loved to travel. She attended music workshops all over the world and enjoyed Smithsonian tours. Sometimes her sister Betty would join her.
Eleanor died in 2008 and is buried in Wacousta Cemetery, Wacousta, Michigan, next to her beloved sister Betty and near her mother and four sisters. To view a memorial for Eleanor Daniells, click on the highlighted link.