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Husband honors late wife's memory by planting a sea of sunflowers


"I was totally in love with her," Don Jaquish Jr. said of his late wife Babbette to KWWL.

So in love with her, that the Wisconsin farmer has planted hundreds of acres of her favorite flower – the sunflower – along a stretch of Highway 85 in her memory.

Babbette Jaquish lost her battle with a former of leukemia in November last year, but during her fight with the cancer, her husband had vowed to start planting sunflowers on their property, KWWL notes.

His powerful tribute now takes up a 60-foot wide, 5-mile long strip of farmland where corn and soybeans once were, crossing five neighboring farms that agreed to open up their land to Jaquish for "whatever rent seemed fair," KARE 11 reports.

"She's always loved flowers, but sunflowers were her favorite," Jaquish told the TV station. "They fit her personality. She'd walk into a room and her smile would light up a whole room."

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After encouraging her husband to plant sunflowers all those years ago, the sunflower seeds produced in the fields will be used to fulfill one of Babbette's dreams.

They will be sold under the name "Babbette's Seeds for Hope," with a portion of the proceeds going towards cancer research, hospitals, and patient advocacy.

The Leader Telegram reports that Don Jaquish Jr. married the 66-year-old known locally as the "Sunflower Lady" in 2000.

"Everybody who ever met her fell in love with her," he told the newspaper. "I was lucky enough to be the guy she fell in love with."

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