Husband Sends Valentine's Flowers, From the Grave

Jim Golay's widow will get flowers every year for the rest of her life
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2015 3:25 PM CST
Husband Sends Valentine's Flowers, From the Grave
Kenny Fetherolf, owner of Forget-Me-Not Florists in Orwigsburg, Pa., arranges a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.   (AP Photo/The Republican-Herald, Andy Matsko)

For you guys who can't remember to get flowers on Valentine's Day, well, Jim Golay is making you look extra terrible: As ABC News reports, the man from Casper, Wyo., learned about a year ago that the brain cancer he'd fought for almost two years was inoperable, and he was given four months to live. With that little time left, Golay did something that's reverberating now, eight months after his death: He went to his local florist and arranged to have flowers sent to his wife of 28 years, Shelly, on Valentine's Day for the rest of her life. Those flowers arrived for Shelly Golay, along with a card that read, "Happy Valentine's Day Honey. Stay Strong! Yours Forever Love Jim."

"I thought the kids sent the flowers to begin with," Shelly Golay tells KCWY. But her husband's cell phone number was on the back of the card, and a call to the florist revealed that, indeed, "he had come in that last Valentine's Day and had said, 'Just send her flowers for the rest of her life.'" Says their daughter, "It was just like my dad to do something like that," though she calls the gesture "bittersweet, because we knew in order for him to set something like that up, he must have known at one point he wasn't going to make it." "He can love beyond boundaries," says Shelly Golay. "There is no boundaries with him, even in death. He's just amazing." (This man dying of brain cancer sat down with his wife and penned his own awesome obit.)

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