Helen Ealy                                    
Helen R. Ealy                             

Helen Ealy spent most of her life in the Blue Lake area where she raised her family.  In 1978, she became the “ombudsperson” for Whitehall District Schools.  Knowing that education is the key to unlocking many doors, Mrs. Ealy was inspired to pursue a position on the Whitehall Board of Education where she served 13 of her 18 years as Board President.  She became the first woman in Muskegon County to become a certified school board member by the MASB.  Helen Ealy’s commitment to public service grew from her strong religious faith. 

In her closing remarks as President of the Whitehall District Schools’ Board of Education in 1998, she stated “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Board, but more importantly, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the children.”  In 1999, the building was named in her honor. 

Mrs. Ealy’s contributions epitomize the district’s slogan “Where Children Come First.” 

A permanent plaque hangs in the Ealy Elementary lobby so that over the years, students might come to know of her service and dedication.