Eleanor's obituary Eleanor Delilah Jones, 70, passed away peacefully at her home in Elgin, SC on January 9, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Eleanor was born on November 17, 1949 in Washington, DC and is predeceased by her parents William Thornton and Pearl Bowman. She had a true faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her and was a dedicated Jehovah?s Witness. Eleanor was a devoted wife to Leroy whom she met in Washington DC in 1966. They were married in 1970 and later divorced. However, love always finds away and they were remarried in June 1997 in Greenbelt, MD. Together, they created a family home that was full of love and laughter. They happily welcomed family, friends, and neighbors into their home. Eleanor loved to dance, and Leroy was happy to oblige. Eleanor also was a dedicated and loving mother to her sons Leroy (Sheila), Michael (Nadina) and Damien (Vaedra) she opened her heart and home and adopted her nephew Maurice (Anya) Kerns and was a loving stepmother to Denise Reeves. Eleanor was blessed to have nine grandchildren (Nikia, Darnell, Antonaya, Mikial, Damien Jr, Leroy Jr, Shaleya, Dhakari and Mia) and five great grandchildren (Darrell Jr., Josiah, Harmoni, ReNaya and Karter). She was also a cherished daughter, sister, niece, aunt, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and a friend to many. Eleanor graduated from Western High School in 1968. She then went on to graduate Cum Laude from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995. Eleanor worked at the Smithsonian Institution Library before retiring as a Program Analyst for the US Government?s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2005. Eleanor was the cornerstone of her family and will be remembered as caring and generous. She had a giving spirit and enjoyed helping those around her. Her annual family reunion was a much-anticipated event that brought the family from near and far together for a few days each year. Eleanor was an excellent cook and loved to prepare family favorites for her children and grandchildren. She was very classy and was known for having a smile that could light up a room and always had her red lipstick nearby. Eleanor enjoyed making handcrafted gift baskets and filled her home with warmth and kindness. Eleanor loved to travel and enjoyed cruising with her husband and dear friends Henry and Arletha. She loved the Washington Redskins and enjoyed watching games with family; even Dallas Cowboys fans. She enjoyed playing games from Scrabble and Mexican Train Dominos to Catch Phrase. We will miss her greatly. Eleanor is predeceased by her sister May Pearl Thornton, and brothers JW Bowman, and William ?Sonny? Thornton. She is survived by her sister Elaine Anne Thornton.