People who stayed at her Diamond Motel, visitors to her Bridges Art Gallery, fellow artists, friends and especially her grandchildren, were always telling Eleanor Pauling that she should write her stories down. As she approached her 80th birthday, she felt she had better get it done. More importantly, she was worried, “When I depart this life, will my children or my descendants really know me?” She knew that it would be a daunting task, and started by simply beginning to get the stories down. As she wrote, she realized that it could be an inspiring story to others, and was even more motivated to finish the project.
After finding Judy Suke, a manuscript developer, she was able to complete the book, and feels that it is her greatest accomplishment. Now at the age of 82, Eleanor wants others to know that it is never too late. As the saying goes. “Where there is a will, there is a way.” She says, “With determination, you will prevail, as shown by the seven generations in the book.”