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WLEW’s Nancy Aymen Passes at 93

December 1, 2023

Nancy Aymen

WLEW-AM/FM (Bad Axe) owner Nancy Aymen has passed away at age 93.  She died at home November 25, surrounded by family.

She was born Nancy P. D'Arco on August 11, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Nancy and her late husband Art Aymen married in Port Huron in 1948.  In 1971, the couple purchased Thumb Broadcasting, Inc. with radio stations WLEW-AM/FM and moved to the Bad Axe area to run the stations.  After Art’s passing in 1999, Nancy Aymen continued to work in the family business until her passing. Over the years Aymen was a pillar at Thumb Broadcasting and was instrumental in its growth where the business has added and most recently a third signal, WHST-FM.

"She was the sweetest, kindest person I ever met," said Tina Hinds, an employee at WLEW told the Huron Daily Tribune. "She was a very caring person and always loved a good joke. She had a great work ethic and cared deeply for her employees."

Aymen was a huge advocate for giving back to her community and was an active member of several organizations, including Helping Hands, Huron Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and many more.

"She always said if you work in a community and get a paycheck, then you need to give back to that community," said Nancy's son, Ric Aymen. "She was also a big promoter of keeping business local and supporting local businesses and organizations."

Aymen was also a huge supporter and fan of hockey here in Bad Axe. When her late husband passed, she purchased the scoreboard for the rink and was very supportive of the hockey rink.

Services were held November 29.  She is survived by her children, Cathy (Mike) Larson of Ypsilanti, Matthew (Connie) Aymen of Bad Axe, and Richard (Mary) Aymen of Port Austin; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and special cousins from Ohio.


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