Ellen White did not work in the music store her husband Jerry operated for many years and yet her supportive role helped that little retail business grow into the White House of Music chain consisting of multiple locations. Both Jerry and Ellen were teaching when Jerry decided to join his cousin in the music business. Jerry followed his passion in music while Ellen continued with her passion of teaching. Her steady salary allowed Jerry to put all of his earnings back into the business. When he bought out his cousin, Ellen suggested the store be renamed to White House of Music. She taught school for over 32 years and during her first position when she was 19, she had 20 students in a one room country schoolhouse with no phone or running water. In retirement, Ellen helped Jerry with his big band, serving as their manager, Recording Engineer, and on a few occasions stepping in as the band’s percussionist.
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