A year after she lost her husband, Tracey Cox of Kentucky received her first bouquet.
On their wedding day, Rich took every vow to heart with one exception: “Til death do us part.” He didn’t want anything to get in the way of expressing his love for Tracey — not even death.
The two of them spent 26 happy years together, during which they welcomed four children into the world and exchanged countless expressions of adoration.
Sadly, Rich passed away from throat cancer in 2012. The 53-year-old had been battling the disease for three years.
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But that wasn’t the end of their relationship! Rich secretly arranged to have flowers delivered to his wife every year on her birthday and Valentine’s Day, which is just a day later. According to their daughter Bethany, who knew about her father’s plan, “They won’t stop anytime soon.”
These special gifts have been coming for eight years now, and each one is paired with a handwritten note from Rich. “Tracey, even though you can’t see me, I am always here,” one reads. “I love you. Love, Rich.”
While Tracey misses Rich each day, the deliveries bring her immense comfort.
“Every time I get them, it really brings back a lot of emotions and joyful tears,” Tracey, who is now 63, told CNN. “It really brings back all the memories we were able to make together.”
As for Bethany, the flowers are just another reason to admire her dad.
“I love that everyone gets to hear how amazing my dad was,” she wrote on Facebook. “He was such a one of a kind man. If you knew Dad then you know just how amazing he was!”
What a wonderful husband and father! We’re so glad his family gets to remember him in such a special way. Rest in peace, Rich.
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