Bette Jylha

Birth: October 30th, 1923
Death: December 1st, 2017
Age: 94 years
Residence:Bay City

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.



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