She was born June 27, 1944, in Fort Scott, Kan., to the union of the late Eunice Rozell Woods and the late Ernest John Collins Sr.
Eleanor moved to Seattle, Wash., with her family in 1958 from Fort Scott.
Eleanor graduated from Garfield High School in the Class of 1962.
She held many jobs but the last one was with the Boeing Company for nearly 30 years until her retirement in 2007.
Eleanor lived-life to the fullest which included, "shopping until she dropped." She also loved "playing-the-slots" and became very "lucky" at the casinos. She loved the latest fashions and could always seem to "have an eye" for the "hottest fashions." She was also very successful at selling Negro League Sportswear.
Eleanor was also a very good cook. She especially loved to cook Gumbo for her family and friends and bake her famous cakes and pies. They were so delicious that she kept her recipes a secret. She also loved keeping-up with the latest dances and music.
She leaves to mourn her only beloved child, Marvin Duane Johnson and her only precious grandchild, DeShawn Johnson (affectionately nick-named-Hollywood by her). Eleanor was the youngest of four siblings born. She also leaves to mourn: her oldest brother, Ernest J. Collins, Jr. and wife of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Ernestine J. Patterson of Seattle, Wash.; and brother, Dr. E. Jerry Collins and wife of Fairfield, Calif.; nephew, Mark Patterson and his children, MarQuies, MarQueena and MarQuia Patterson of Seattle, Wash.; Marvin Johnson and family, other nephews and nieces, family and friends not forgotten.
Eleanor was a strong-minded, beautiful and loving person with a flair for style and class who kept a very busy routine everyday cause, "she didn't believe in wasting any time." Eleanor also was a very brave warrior. She fought a long and courageous battle with breast cancer until the very end.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Rest in Peace.
Graveside services were held on Sept. 2, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Burial Park located at 1005 Reiten Rd., Kent, Wash.