Elaine Willis was born and reared in the Village of Bagdad. She earned a 'Specialist in Education' degree from the University of West Florida and worked as a teacher and assistant principal at Bagdad Elementary School for 35 years.
Willis is a founding member of the Bagdad Village Preservation Association and the Bagdad Historic Cemetery Association, along with membership in other civic and church organizations. She cherishes family life as a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Willis also developed a teaching guide for Bagdad history, and has presented many programs of local interest.
She functions as both the Events Coordinator and the Head Curator of the Historic Bagdad Village Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation of community archives and their enduring cultural, historical, or evidentiary value within the community.
Willis's passion in local history and genealogy is evident in the book she co-authored, We Remember Bagdad - An Architectural History. In the preface, Willis invites the reader "to discover the beauty and charm of the historic Village of Bagdad..." The book reveals the true essence of what life was like in this historic lumber village.