Eleanor McLerran DeLancey was born on July 22, 1918, in Milam County, Texas, to Casca Jackson and Irene Addison McLerran. She graduated from Baylor University in 1938, with a double major in Spanish and journalism. In 1944, she enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Corps as a private and was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia, the Santa Maria Army Air Base, and the Riverside Army Marching Base. She wrote articles for various Army publications. After the war, she worked at the Disney Studios in Burbank, California, and there she met her future husband, Charles DeLancey. The DeLanceys later lived in Houston and were generous supporters of Baylor University. Eleanor passed away on November 3, 2004.
More information about Eleanor McLerran DeLancey can be found in the Eleanor McLerran DeLancey collection at The Texas Collection.