- Born: 7 Mar 1917, Ashland, Nebraska
- Marriage: Carlos López on 17 Dec 1943 in Los Angles, California
- Died: 16 Dec 1971, Santa Fé, Santa Fé, New México at age 54
- Buried: 21 Dec 1971, Santa Fé National Cemetery, Santa Fé, New Mexico
My mother Eleanor Blair had a difficult life as a child in Nebraska. Her father lost everything in the Great Depression, and then died when my mother was 13 in 1930. My mother and grandmother were left to fend for themselves during this difficult era.
She worked at odd jobs and ate Cambells soup to get herself through college during the depression era. She had always wanted to be a graphic designer, but settled for a degree in Elementary Education for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
By the time WWII began, she moved to Needles, California to teach. She told me that her purpose was to find a husband. At this time, my father was training in tank maneuvers in the near by desert. They meet at a dance, and my mother told me she was didn't really like my father the first time they met. My father saw her in the library in Needles, and started up a conversation. My mother told me she knew from this moment on that my father was the man she would marry.
Eleanor married Carlos López, son of Ramón López and Antonia Torres, on 17 Dec 1943 in Los Angles, California. (Carlos López was born on 6 May 1913 in Magdalena, New México, died on 27 Jun 1995 in Santa Fé, Santa Fé, New México 1 and was buried on 29 Jun 1995 in Section X Site 531, Santa Fé National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1.)