former nurse, current badass
Eleanor Avery enlisted in the military in 1963 as a nurse. She quickly rose through the ranks to become chief nurse of a ward at the 8th Field Hospital in Nha Trang, where she met Private Will Wolfe. Most of the soldiers that were treated at the 8th Field Hospital came to know Eleanor as The Boss. She was intimidating but overwhelmingly competent at managing the trauma of the war and the mood of soliders under her care. After revealing himself to be a vampire, Will and Eleanor shared a special friendship.
When they returned from the war, Will used Eleanor as a cover story, first posing her as his sister, then his wife, then his aunt, mother, and eventually, grandmother. Eleanor moved around with Will, content to explore the world and live her life to the fullest. She stopped working in healthcare after returning from Vietnam, because of the difference in what she was allowed to do there versus the responsibilities of nurses in the US.
When they returned, both Will and Eleanor were active members of the anti-war movement. She begged Will to go to Woodstock with her in 1969, where she hid him in the trunk of her car during the day and let him out to party at night. She had numerous affairs during the festival, including a few nights with Siobhan Turner, who was still human and recently emigrated from Dublin.
Eleanor continues to love being human, aging, and trying as many things as life will allow her. She moved into Oaks of Heaven at the behest of Will after a nasty fall trying to get home to her 5th floor walkup after a night out on the town with some war buddies. She lets, and encourages, Will to take care of her by providing groceries and "enrichment" (what she calls walks around the neighborhood together).
Eleanor is not openly out but has slept with a plethora of women, including as least 2 residents of Oaks of Heaven and 1 nurse. However, she did express her extreme disinterest for Will and "other phalluses' like him" while high out of her mind at Woodstock.