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“Dear Eric and family, We were so sorry to see your mother had passed We send our deepest sympathy and lift you up in thoughts and prayers. Brian &...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Brian Charbonneau - Bay City, MI

“Eric and Family: Sorry to hear of the death of your mom. She led an interesting life. A pioneer in broadcasting. A legacy she has passed on to...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Karle - Essexville, MI

“So Sorry to hear about your mom I know the last few months has been hard, now she and you have some peace ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Dee Dee Wacksman - Essexville, MI

“Sorry to hear of your loss Eric...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family <3 ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Debo - Bay City, MI

“Eric, as a new neighbor, from over 60 years ago, and as a professional I grew to respect, working alongside your father at WBCM, your mom was...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Lowell & Amy Homburger - NC

“Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: G. Michael "Gus" and Rita Munley Gallagher - DC

“Eric, sorry for your loss. She was a true pioneer. The world would be a better place ifthere were more like Bette. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Joseph Goddeyne - Bay City, MI

“Eric, I'm saddened to see your mom's passing. I enjoyed working with her at WGER. She was joyful,humorous and a fine woman. Even further back I...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Cliff Houser - Secord Lake, MI

“Her voice lives on in our memories. To the entire Jylha family we extend our condolences. - Andy and Sandy Rogers ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Andrew Rogers - Bay City, MI

“Sorry for your loss Eric, God Bless ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: David Cabala - kawkawlin, MI


Bette Jylha was born in Maumee, Ohio on October 30, 1923. She passed away at Brian's House, Essexville, MI on December 1, 2017. She grew up in Toledo, OH and Lansing, MI. Bette was a telephone operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. prior to her taking a position at WJIM Radio in Lansing, MI where she became an engineer and was the first woman to be issued a Commercial Broadcasting License. She met her husband Leo A. Jylha, whom she married August 31, 1946, when he returned to his job at WJIM following World War II. Leo passed away September 21, 1992.
She moved to Bay City, where she worked at WBCM and WGER before changing to advertising working at Parker, Fairchild, Wilcox and Campbell in Saginaw. She then worked at Promotions Plus in Frankenmuth until she retired.
Bette was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was an avid bridge player with many clubs in Bay City. During World War II she narrated training films for the WAC, s. She loved to knit and loved cats and all animals.
She is survived by her son Eric A. Jylha, a grandson Matt (Jaime) Jylha, 2 great grandchildren: Evan Jylha and Madeline Jylha, a niece Krista (John) Haven and a great niece Kate Buckland. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Judy (Kelley) Allyn, a sister Barbara Allyn and a niece Kelley Benson.
A private family service will be held at a later date with burial at Elm Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brian's House.