Eleanor wrote this beautiful piece to her grandchildren:

“To my grandchildren:  James, Amber, Channing, Macy, Corinne, and Graydon

From Grandma Skip (Eleanor Lynnette Beebe Adams)

February 24, 2007 

These are my hopes for you. May you meet life’s challenges with courage and hope. May you greet life’s opportunities with enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard. May you have a thankful heart, so that you can appreciate your many blessings. May you always be mindful that the gifts and talents you have been given are meant to be shared for the benefit of others. And may you have a forgiving heart, so that the hurts you may experience along life’s journey may be left in the past so they don’t continue to diminish your joy. And I believe that if you live your life in a way that is pleasing to God, you will have the greatest chance of finding peace, joy, and love, in the midst of whatever life might hold for you. These are my hopes for you. 

With much love to each one of you,

Grandma Skip”

Eleanor has six grandchildren and has many memories with them. 

Photo of Eleanor’s grandchildren on Thanksgiving 2015. From left to right: Graydon, Macy, Corinne, Amber, James, and Channing.

Please watch the video below to hear about a Christmas tradition in the Adams household that they did with their children and grandchildren.

Eleanor spent a lot of time with her first grandchild, James. James and Eleanor are so close because most days after school, James would spend time with Eleanor at her home. All of the grandchildren know about Eleanor’s famous chocolate milkshakes. James would always have a chocolate milkshake after school and then do homework and play games with Eleanor. Eleanor describes James as a very kind man. James lives in New Jersey, where he is a welder. They are still very close and talk on the phone often.

Amber is the second grandchild. She graduated magna cum laude from Elon University where she was an Honors Scholar with a major in elementary education and a minor in art. She is currently in Thailand teaching English for at least a year. Eleanor and Amber worked closely together in Girl Scouts where Amber earned both the Silver and Gold Awards. A Silver Award is the highest honor a cadet Girl Scout can achieve. A Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. 

The third grandchild is Channing. Channing and Eleanor bonded over piano playing and enjoyed playing “Amazing Grace” as a duet when he was younger. He completed two years at UNCC as a business major before heading to Peru. Channing is currently volunteering at the Education Center on Conservation and Sustainable Development in Peru.

Macy is the fourth grandchild. She was a phenomenal soccer player, just like her father, Scott, until she became permanently injured. She is a sophomore psychology major at UNCC.

Corinne, the fifth grandchild, is a junior in high school. She is an avid reader and loves nature. She enjoys playing co-ed soccer with her mother, Kimberly. Corinne and Eleanor bonded over Girl Scouts. Corinne did her Silver Award project on reducing the stigma associated with mental health. When Corinne was a little girl, she coined the term “grandthings” regarding her grandparents.

Eleanor currently gives the youngest grandchild, Graydon, weekly piano lessons. Graydon is a high school junior where he is on the Quiz Bowl A-Team and in Beta Club. He is an avid reader and also plays soccer like his father, Scott.

Please listen to the link below to hear about one of Eleanor’s stories in which she held a week-long camp at her home in 2008, called Camp Grandthings.


Eleanor has had a busy life after graduating from college. Jim and Eleanor have been married for over 50 years! She cherishes the time she was able to be a stay-at-home mom because she was able to spend formative years with her children and share her love of music, sports, camping, and scouting with many others in the community as well. 

Jim and Eleanor on their 40th wedding anniversary in 2006.

All photos courtesy of Eleanor Adams.